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Gunfire on the streets of Prospect

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Police investigate yesterday morning's Gloucester St drama, the latest in a spate of gang-related shootings. Picture: Nigel Parsons Source: AdelaideNow

FAMILIES and young children could be shot as a result of gang violence, police warned after an ambush in Prospect early yesterday.

The man with Comancheros links and his young family were fired on at their home in Prospect. 

The man, 27, had arrived home with his partner and three children, aged between 2 and 4, about 1am when a gunman fired up to eight shots at the family. Police believe the shots came from a vacant block next door.

The shooting is the second in a week which police have linked to motorcycle gang violence.

Crime Gangs Taskforce Superintendent John De Candia warned that those who were engaging in such dangerous acts were also risking the lives of more than just their intended victims.

"When people engage in criminal conduct and when they are involved in outlaw motorcycle gangs and other serious organised crime, this is the sort of behaviour that they're putting their own children and their own family at risk of," he said.

"It's up to them to decide what sort of risk they want to have for their own family."

Supt De Candia said investigations into yesterday's incident and a recent string of bikie shootings had been made more difficult because victims had refused to co-operate with police.

Police could not confirm if the incident was part of a feud between gangs or a conflict within the Comancheros.

"There's a few question marks in relation to (the Comancheros) status in South Australia," said Supt De Candia.

Neighbours woken by yesterday's gunfire said they heard screams and shouting in the street after the shots.

Police said the attackers were last seen running east on Gloucester St towards Main North Rd.

The incident is the latest of several involving Comancheros members.

Former gang leader Vince Focarelli was shot in the leg at Munno Para West, while a shoot-out at Caffe Paesano, North Adelaide, and another in the Findon Hotel carpark were all suspected to involve Comancheros members.

Premier Jay Weatherill said the latest incident again highlighted the need for tougher bikie laws which are before Parliament.

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