Bikie turf war behind Sydney shooting, police say

Detectives set up a crime scene in the car park. Fatal shooting: police at the scene in Eastlakes. Photo: Nick Moir
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A turf war between rival bikie gangs the Hells Angels and Comancheros has escalated after a man was fatally shot in Sydney’s south east on Monday night.

Police believe a dispute between the rival gangs is behind the death of a 37-year-old who was gunned down in a car park outside an Eastlakes unit block just before 10pm, police sources confirmed.

At least six bullets were sprayed from at least two different guns towards the deceased and his 25-year-old friend, who was shot in the leg, outside a George Street property.

A third man who was standing outside the block called triple-0 and tried to revive his friend but ran away when police arrived.

As police searched a unit inside the block on Tuesday, a friend of the deceased stood outside and said his mate “had a heart of gold”.

Homicide Detective Inspector David Laidlaw said both victims were known to police, while homicide and gangs squad detectives had interviewed a number of associates from the rival gangs.

“We believe it is a dispute between two gangs, two rival gangs,” Detective Inspector Laidlaw said.

A police source said the shooting was related to a turf war that had been going on for months.

It is also believed the two victims were junior associates of the Hells Angels.

A black Mercedes four-wheel-drive seen leaving the scene shortly after police arrived on Monday night returned the next morning as police seized several items from a unit.

‘Bang, bang, bang, bang’

One neighbour said he was in the back room of his home when he heard four initial gun shots.

“Then there was about one second, and then bang, bang, bang, bang, at least another four shots,” said the neighbour, who asked not to be named.

He said about 10 seconds later he heard a car speeding away.

The shooting victims were screaming in the street, he said.

“I heard the man yelling ‘Argh!’, and I heard the other man yelling somebody’s name, and then he said ‘Oh no’.”

The neighbour said he heard screams for help coming from the street. The police came about 10 minutes later.

The neighbour said when he went outside he saw the body of the shooting victim lying on the road, and the injured man lying on the footpath.

“He was yelling ‘Argh, my leg!’,” the neighbour said.

He said he did not know the people involved in the shooting, but had heard several arguments on the street in the past year between two groups of people, including one group who lived in the apartment block.

Another George Street resident who lives a few doors down said her husband ran out onto the street after hearing gunshots and saw two bodies on the ground.

One man was lying on the nature strip and another on the road.

“I was on the phone about 9.50pm and I heard two shots and I thought they might have been coming from a car, and then no more than about 20, 30 seconds [later], about another four shots in quick succession and then a car just sped off,” the woman said.

“My husband … I didn’t want him to come out, but he just went to the front fence and then he saw … up out the front of the units, a body on the nature strip and then one was on the road ’cause he saw his foot on the curb,” she said.

“It was mayhem. There were police cars everywhere there would have been about five ambulance and then lots of cars with guys all running up the street, screaming, yelling. Was just chaotic for a bit.”

Another neighbour said a “gang” had moved into the block about six months ago.

He said he heard two gunshots, followed by four more and then a man screaming for help.

“One of them was screaming and screamed ‘help’. They are a bad bunch,” he said.

Detectives from the anti-bikie Strike Force Raptor have spoken to a number of residents on George Street and asked them not to talk to anyone.

A man who lives a few doors down from the cream brick unit block said he had been living in the street for 35 years and described it as “the quietest street in Sydney”.

– with Megan Levy, Rachel Olding, Josh Hover

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.

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