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Ridge girl paralyzed in Bacon shooting

A 21-year-old Maple Ridge woman, who is related to several Hells Angels members in Haney, was paralyzed in the brazen hit that killed notorious gangster Jonathan Bacon.

At least one masked gunman unloaded dozens of shots Aug. 14 at five people in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Delta Grand Hotel in Kelowna, killing Bacon.

Two men Hells Angel Larry Amero and Independent Soldier James Riach and two women were wounded.

Riach fled the scene. The others were taken to hospital with what emergency crews were describing as non-life threatening injuries.

Police have not identified the two women shot, but according to sources, they are Lyndsey Black and Leah Hadden-Watts.

A senior police source told Postmedia Network Inc. last Wednesday that Hadden-Watts a 21-year-old restaurant worker (according to court documents), and the niece of Michael James Spike Hadden was shot in the neck and is paralyzed.

Spike Hadden is a full-patch member of the Hells Angels Haney chapter. Another member, Jesse Hadden, was contacted briefly Wednesday by phone at the Haney Hawgs Cycle Shop.

When asked for comment on the reported paralyzing of a relative in the Kelowna gang hit, Jesse Hadden said, Ive got nothing to say, before hanging up.

Maple Ridge community news reports from 2006 listed Leah Hadden-Watts as a member of the Golden Bears under-18 Xtreme soccer team.

Meanwhile, the injured women were receiving get-well wishes on social networking sites.

On Twitter last week, Don Xiong wrote: Best wishes to an old friend Lyndsey Black for a full recovery from the shooting in Kelowna.

No arrests have been made but police are asking the public for information about a newer silvergreen Ford Explorer that matches the description of the getaway vehicle.

In the meantime, a handful of mourners visited a Langley funeral home Friday afternoon for a private family viewing of slain gangster Jonathan Bacon.

Among the first to arrive when the viewing began about 1 p.m. were Bacons parents, Susan and David, who were escorted inside the Henderson Funeral Home by ushers.

The Aug. 19 service was the first time the couple had been seen in public since their eldest son was gunned down in Kelowna.

Investigators are still working to determine if Bacon, a leader of the Red Scorpion gang, was targeted, or if the masked assassins were after others in the Porsche Cayenne.

Bacon, Amero, and Riach formed a loose criminal alliance dubbed the Wolf Pack before the shooting. Riach was captured on media cameras leaving the Kelowna crime scene and has not been located by police.

Outside the Langley funeral home on Fraser Highway, unmarked police cars and cruisers passed several times in the hours before the event began. Several members of the uniformed gang task force stood behind the building throughout the viewing.

Sgt. Shinder Kirk, of the task force, said afterwards that police were just there to keep a watchful eye and maintained a respectful distance from mourners, who totalled fewer than 30.

It is a very emotional time for everyone involved and officers were present so anyone attending todays event could do so in peace, Kirk said.

Flowers arrived at the funeral home by mid-morning and several people walked in before noon, but left without spending much time inside.

Susan Bacon pulled up in a black sedan, followed by her husband David a few minutes later in a dark blue pickup truck.

No details of funeral arrangements have been made public, but it is expected to take place next week.

Kelowna RCMP major crime investigators continue to look for suspects, and law enforcement agencies throughout Metro Vancouver are gathering intelligence and attempting to diffuse tensions to prevent retaliation for the shooting.

Since the Kelowna incident, two people have been targeted in separate Surrey shootings. The first man, who was an associate of slain gangster Gurmit Dhak, sustained minor injuries from flying glass when he was shot Monday night in the 10100-block of 153rd. He has since left the province.

Police said there was no apparent link to the Bacon murder, but that investigators would consider all possibilities.

Then last Wednesday night, a man was shot in the abdomen by a masked gunman outside a residence in the 8200-block of 150th St.

Neither he nor any of the others present were known to police.

In Bacons old hometown of Abbotsford, gang investigators are being hyper-vigilant in the aftermath of the Bacon shooting, Det. Andrew Wooding of the Abbotsford police gang suppression unit said Friday.

We are staying in close touch with our sources, Wooding said. We are being hyper-vigilant about groups congregating even to socialize. We will keep people moving.

He said there is a lot of buzz on the streets about the slaying of the notorious brother. But the familys link to Abbotsford is lesser now that parents moved away several months ago and Bacons younger brothers Jarrod and Jamie are both in jail awaiting trial in different cases.

Jarrod and Jamie were more the face of the Bacons in Abbotsford, Wooding said. Jon was much more behind the scenes.

with files from Postmedia Network Inc.

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