Five Sydney shootings in four hours as police probe bikie gang turf war link
Stephanie Gardiner and Nick Ralston
April 17, 2012 - 11:31AM
The home of a high-ranking Hells Angel member and a tattoo parlour also linked to the gang were targeted in shootings across Sydney's west this morning, which police believe is part of a turf war with rival gang the Nomads.
Bullets were fired into two tattoo parlours and houses in four shootings in less than four hours in Sydney's overnight, police said.
A man called police at 6.30am to report a fifth shooting after finding the bullet holes in the front of his house on Grimwood Street, Granville.
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A police officer stands in front of two bullet holes - one on the wall near the downpipe on the left, and the other on the top of the fence on the right - outside a house in Harris Street, Merrylands. Photo: Kate Geraghty
He told police he heard what he thought were gunshots in the area about midnight.
In another shooting about 1am a man wearing dark clothing and a black balaclava fired several shots into Tattoo World on Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills.
Tattoo World has links to the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
The tattoo parlour was shot up early last month, with a man wearing black clothing seen running away after opening fire on a roller shutter door.
It was also the scene of a drive-by shooting in March last year.
Fifteen minutes after this morning's shooting at Tattoo World, shots were fired from a car into a house on Centenary Avenue, Northmead, with bullets smashing through two top-storey bedroom windows and a balcony door.
Five children, aged between three and 14, and two adults were home at the time.
About 2.40am, shots were fired into a house on Harris Street, Merrylands, the home of the gang member, with bullets going into the kitchen.
The three elderly people were home during the drive-by shooting.
Less than two hours later, at 4.25am, shots were fired into Infamous Ink on Pitt Street, Merrylands.
A State Crime Command spokeswoman said police had formed Strike Force Kinnarra to investigate four of the five shootings.
"They'll be specifically looking at the shootings being linked to the Hells Angels and Nomads," the spokeswoman said.
The Northmead shooting is believed to be unrelated.
State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon, said there was a "wall of silence" about the shootings.
"There are members of the community who have information about these shootings and the people involved," he said in a statement.
"We also know there are members of these groups out there who don't agree with the violence being used.
"I encourage these people to provide that information to police. That information can be provided anonymously.
"There is no doubt that these shootings are all about the conflicting groups sending a message to each other, but they are reckless acts of violence."
Recent Sydney shootings
April 16 - Bullet holes were found in a Mazda CX7 on Driftway Drive, Pemulwuy, and a nearby house. The residents were away and police believed it was a case of mistaken identity.
April 14 -Darko Janceski, 32, was shot dead in Berkeley, on the south coast, when a gunman on a motorcycle appeared outside his father's house. Shots were fired into a townhouse on Chiswick Road, Greenacre.
April 10 - Man found at Guildford Road, Guildford with a gunshot wound to his lower abdomen.
April 9 - Man shot in the shoulder at Bada Bing Nightspot on Darlinghurst Road in Kings Cross.
April 8 - Man shot in the calf in Pendle Hill during party dispute, while another man admitted to Auburn Hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg.
April 6 - Man shot in his legs multiple times at Patten Avenue, Merrylands.
April 4 - Shot fired at a vehicle on Chester Road, Ingleburn. A few hours later, one shot was fired into a Norton Place home in Minto.
April 2 - Man grazed in the neck by bullet at a home on Hawkview Street, Merrylands.
April 1 - Man shot in the leg near Fraser Street, Auburn.
March 28 - Shots fired into a business on Marsh Street, Clyde.
March 21 - Two men shot near Hoxton Park and Banks Roads in Miller.
March 19 - Woman shot in the face at Prairie Vale Road, Bossley Park.
March 16 - Fired bullet casings found at intersection of Salibury Road and Rhodes Avenue in Guildford.
March 13 - Shots fired into a house on Princes Street, Bexley.
March 7 - A man wearing dark clothing and a hoodie was seen running away after shooting bullets into Tattoo World, Baulkham Hills.
February 25 - A man waved two pistols above his head before firing a shot in the air outside Mount Druitt police station. A police officer responded with a single shot, which wounded the man. February 6 - A 29-year-old man was shot three times in the leg on Christian Road, Punchbowl.
February 1 - Two bullets hit Lurnea Public School. Police believe they were stray bullets from a drive-by shooting.
January 26 - Bullets fired into tanning salon, man shot in the leg in Guildford and 18-year-old man shot in the back and treated at Auburn Hospital.
January 17 - Wetherill Park home peppered with bullets.
January 12 - Shots were fired into a house in Weigand Avenue, Bankstown, with a bullet reportedly narrowly missing a baby's cot.
January 11 - Shots were fired between two cars after some kind of altercation at an intersection in Greenfield Park, with several bullets hitting a nearby home.
January 9 - Shots were fired into a house on Marion Street, Auburn, about 9.45pm. Ten minutes later, shots were fired into a house on Fairview Street, Arncliffe. The Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad was investigating whether the shootings were linked to drug dealing in the St George area.
January 6 - A man suffered two gunshot wounds at the intersection of Larra Street and The Promenade, Yennora.
January 4 - Lone Wolf bikie, Neal Todorovski, 37, was shot dead outside a Sans Souci apartment block.
January 1 - Matthew Hedges, a 25-year-old father of four, was shot in the chest and died, while two of his children slept beside him in Chester Hill.
December 5 - A father and his teenage son escaped injury after a shot was fired into a house in Mount Pritchard.
November 26 - Shots were fired on Charles Street, Petersham.
November 25 - Shots were fired at a house on Kingarth Street, Busby.
November 24 - Shots were fired at a house on Nash Street, South Penrith.
November 24 - Shots were fired at a business on Cleveland and Walker streets, Redfern.
November 10 - Shots were fired at a house on Nineveh Crescent, Greenfield Park.
November 6 - Shots were fired at a house on Stevens Street, Ermington.
October 27 - November 3 - Six drive-by shootings across Sydney's west, believed to involve the Hells Angels and Nomads gangs.
October 21 - Man dies after he was shot in the head inside a house in French Street, Maroubra. October 18 - Shots were fired at a house on Walker Street, Turrella.
October 3 - Man was charged after allegedly shooting at another man on Pickwick Way, Ambarvale.
September 30 - Man was charged after an alleged drive-by shooting on Victoria Street, Botany.
September 29 - Police officers shot and killed a man outside Castle Hill police station.
September 26 - Teenager was shot by police in his home in Holmes Street, Colyton, following reported break-in.
September 26 - Man was charged with murder following the shooting death of man at Bonnyrigg the day before.
September 6 - Shots were fired at a house in Revesby in south-west Sydney.
September 6 - Shots were fired at a unit in Eden Street, Arncliffe.
September 5 - Man found in Bursill Street, Guildford, with a shotgun wound to his upper thigh.
August 30 - Up to a dozen shots were fired between two cars in Greenacre.
August 25 - Bullet holes were found in a car on Lackey Street, Merrylands.
August 24 - Bullets hit a house on Francis Street, Fairfield.
August 22 - Pizza shop was hit on Merrylands Road, Merrylands.
August 22 - Two men were shot in Barcom Street, Merrylands, in a domestic dispute.
August 23 - Bullets hit a house on Lachlan Street, Bossley Park.
August 21 - Bullets hit a house on Eddy Street, Merrylands West.
August 20 - Bullets hit a hairdressing salon on Harris Street, Fairfield.
August 19 - Bullets hit a house on Mallacoota Street, Wakeley, near Fairfield.