Bikie feud fears after man shot dead at Unique Custom Paint and Panel on Langford St at Pooraka

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Police and firefighters at the scene of a burnt-out Mazda, which may be connected with fatal shooting in Pooraka. Picture: First On Scene Media Source: adelaidenow

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THE arrival of angry bikies at the scenes of an execution-style murder and an arson attack have heightened fears that Adelaide's simmering bikie feud has again erupted.

Finks members were among the first to arrive at the scene of a fatal shooting at a Pooraka spray-painting and car body work business yesterday.

The brutal slaying followed a molotov cocktail attack on a Parafield Gardens home on Tuesday night, which quickly attracted a group of aggravated men - including one in Hells Angels colours - forcing their way through police.

The Finks and the Hells Angels have been engaged in a long-running dispute that led to a series of shootings and other violent incidents across Adelaide earlier in the year.

Police refused to release details of their investigation and would only confirm that a man in his 30s had suffered fatal gunshot wounds.


The shooting, on the Langford St industrial strip, occurred about 1.40pm yesterday. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and then saw a white car fleeing the scene at high speed.

Bikie shooting at Pooraka

A policeman walks from the scene of the bikie shooting on Langford St, Pooraka. Picture: Campbell Brodie

The victim was pronounced dead at Royal Adelaide Hospital after paramedics had treated him at the scene.

He was shot inside the business - Unique Custom Paint & Panel - in front of terrified workers.

Well-known Finks member Dylan Jessen arrived at the warehouse shortly after the shooting and was heard yelling "Where's my mate?"

Most workers at neighbouring businesses were unaware of the shooting until police cordoned off the street.

"I heard a loud bang but we just thought it was a car backfiring," one worker said. "We only realised when someone came inside and said police had blocked off the street."

Man shot at Pooraka


Major Crime Detective Inspector Mark Trenwith spoke briefly about the incident yesterday, but could not confirm the identity of the victim, how many shots were fired, how many assailants were believed to be involved or even whether bikies were involved.

He said police were "keeping an open mind" in the early stages of their investigation. 

The arson attack at 8.45pm on Tuesday involved a molotov cocktail being thrown into a Parafield Gardens home after a person forced their way into the unoccupied house on Rosecombe Place.

A man wearing a Hells Angels shirt ignored police warnings not to enter the house, screaming "Where's my mum?"

Det-Insp Trenwith said making any link between the two incidents would be "speculation".

Shooting at Pooraka

Police at the scene of the shooting at Pooraka. Picture: Campbell Brodie

"We're just keeping an open mind," he said. "There were a number of people in the area when the incident happened, we're canvassing those people to find out what they've seen.

"It's a horrifying incident, obviously someone shot dead going about their business." 

Detectives were also investigating whether there were links between the shooting and a burnt-out car found at Kangarilla late yesterday afternoon. Fire crews and police were called to the fire about 5pm on Quigley Rd.

Acting Police Minister Ian Hunter said any criminal activity that put public safety at risk "is of serious and grave concern". He would not comment on fears that bikie violence had returned to Adelaide's streets. 

Shooting at Pooraka

Police at the scene of the shooting at Pooraka. Picture: Campbell Brodie


Shooting at Pooraka

Forensic specialists enter the spray painting business on Langford St, Pooraka. Picture: Campbell Brodie