Teenager shot at gang tattoo parlour
October 01, 2010 4:22AM
Teenager shot at gang hangout
Attack came after raid on bikie house
Fears that gang warfare is escalating
A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was shot last night at an Adelaide tattoo parlour owned by a gang leader.
Police said a person entered the Ink Central parlour, which is run by New Boys leader Vincenzo Focarelli, shortly before midnight, shot the teenager and then fled.
Mr Focarelli's gang is said to be at war with Hell's Angels.
The shooting came just hours after armed police raided a Hell's Angels clubhouse, searching for a 32-year-old junior member of the outlaw motorcycle gang.
The victim told paramedics he had no feeling below his shoulders and was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
AdelaideNow understands Mr Focarelli and some of his associates were elsewhere when the shooting occured. The the victim was said to have been alone in the tattoo parlour.
Police began taking statements at outdoor tables of neighbouring businesses before deciding to take witnesses to the Hindley Street Police Station to complete their statements.
Owners, managers and security guards at neighbouring businesses said they had not heard or seen anything.
Most of those enjoying a night out appeared oblivious to the latest violent incident of the ongoing war that had taken place just metres from where they were eating and drinking.
In April, a group of bikies armed with steel bars, chairs and chains with padlocks attached allegedly launched vicious attack on a group of New Boys outside the Ink Central tattoo parlour.
the next month Mr Focarelli's son, Giovanni, was stabbed in the stomach and chest outside the shop.
Vincenzo Focarelli was allegedly the target of a bungled bombing ordered by the Hell's Angels in February, a firebombing of his former house in July and an attempted shooting at a Foodland last week.