Hells Angels clubhouse in Seaford sprayed with bullets as bikie tensions escalate
- Herald Sun
- October 01, 2013
MULTIPLE shots were fired at a Hells Angels clubhouse in Melbourne's southeast overnight as fears grow over an escalating bikie war.
Up to 17 shots were fired into the clubhouse on Patrick Court, Seaford, just after 10.30pm.
No one was injured but shots were also fired at a neighbouring business in the industrial street.
It comes after a bomb was discovered in a Hallam gym yesterday and the Hells Angels sprayed a rival gang's tattoo parlour with bullets.
Detectives from anti-bikie Echo Taskforce have arrived at the clubhouse in Seaford to investigate if the overnight shooting is linked to yesterday's incidents.
The shootings have heightened fears innocents may be caught in the crossfire.
A local business owner said the shootings were concerning.
"It's bad for business," he said.
"You don't expect mums to be bringing the kids to the street when this is going on."
Another trader said he hadn't experienced similar gang related incidents on the street.
"They keep to themselves in the night time. We've never had any trouble," the man, who declined to give his name, said.
"(But) it's getting a bit hairy now."
Yesterday's attacks prompted Premier Denis Napthine to declare that there was no place for outlaw motorcycle gangs in Victoria.
Laws to tear down clubhouse fortifications come into effect on Sunday.
"If you want to go somewhere else, go somewhere else and do it quickly," Dr Napthine advised the bikie gangs.
Police believe the Angels, whose new Seaford chapter was fired on in June, are responsible for drive-by shootings on three rival club premises in the southeast of Melbourne.
Dozens of shots have been fired into the clubhouses of Rock Machine in Clayton South and of the Bandidos in Dandenong, and yesterday into two businesses that are run by the Comancheros' state president, Mick Murray - Nitro Gym in Hallam and Nitro Ink in Dandenong.
Murray, who has been involved in the security business and in July became state president of the Comancheros, was visibly angered by yesterday's pre-dawn drive-by shootings and an attempted firebombing.
The incidents came only hours after a Maori Comanchero checked himself into the Royal Melbourne Hospital after being shot in the upper body on the Mornington Peninsula on Sunday afternoon.
The Angels now consider the peninsula their territory.
The 44-year-old from Tullamarine has refused to co-operate with police.
It was unclear whether the shooting was linked to yesterday's events.
Two firebomb devices - two plastic jerry cans filled with petrol - duct-taped to containers filled with shrapnel were thrown into the Hallam gym yesterday, on the Princes Highway
No one was injured in either attack.
An employee discovered the undetonated explosives at 6am and police evacuated the area, saying they could explode "any minute".
Nearby businesses, including a children's play centre next door, had to close.
The manager, who wished not to be named, said he had to call up a family and cancel a birthday party.
"It's a bit annoying, being the school holidays. But we have loads of children coming in and out of here," he said.
The highway was closed, and a 50m exclusion zone was extended after bomb squad members entered the gym.
The devices had been safely removed by last night.
The Bandidos declared war on the Hells Angels after the Angels opened fire on them outside the Diablos clubhouse in Melton in March, wounding Bandidos boss Toby Mitchell.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Stephen Fontana said the force would boost the resources of its Echo Taskforce.
"We're worried about people getting killed or seriously injured," Mr Fontana said.
"not only those who might be the targets of these attacks, but innocent bystanders.
"These events have occurred in public places. (It's) indiscriminate and it's quite likely someone could get killed in the crossfire."
He said the Hells Angels were the "common denominator" in recent shootings.
"These are military-style weapons being used," he said.
"There will be people out there that will know who's involved or they may know where the weapons are stored or kept. We do need to get these weapons off the street."
There had been a rise in weapons thefts in the last year.
Detectives hope CCTV footage from the strip of shops in Dandenong will reveal who was involved.
- with Angus Thompson