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17 Jan 11 @ 02:20pm by Reid Jermyn
Fearing his live the occupant - a 24-year-old Notorious Motorcycle Gang member - has abandoned the home.
But the property’s checkered history hasn’t deterred new renters who last week signed a lease for the four bedroom brick home at 63 Gerald Cres.
Sen Insp Endre Nagy from Blacktown Police Station said officers had been assigned to monitor gang activity in Gerald Cres.
Four other known biker adresses around Blacktown, including one club house, have also been targeted by the State Organised Crime Squad.
“We have two detectives assisting the [squad] ... in relation to the alleged turf war developing in the area,” Sen Insp Nagy said.
Witnesses say a white Honda CRV was used in last Tuesday’s shooting at Gerald Cres.
Blacktown police are now investigating claims a man, described only as tall and skinny, fired shots into the vacant house at 63 Gerald Cres about 10.20pm.
In the past six weeks the property has been the target of more than 30 gunshots in two drive-by shootings linked by police to Sydney’s Notorious Motorcycle Gang.
On November 29, a 24-year-old man, who police alleged was a member of Notorious, was shot twice in the legs outside the same house.
Last week Starr Partners Real Estate listed the four-bedroom brick house for rent.
The property was later struck from the agency’s rental listings.
A Starr Partners spokeswoman yesterday confirmed the property was now under contract but declined to comment further.
The turf war has rung alarm bells for residents in the Doonside area, especially those in Gerald Cres.
Some told the Advocate last week they were frightened to leave their homes.
“We are absolutely terrified,” one neighbour said after the second drive-by shooting last week.
“We don’t know what to do.”