Thursday, 15 September 2011

Police probe bikie link in shooting


A feud between rival bikie gangs was believed to be behind the targeted shooting of a home and car in Perth's northern suburbs overnight. Detectives this morning are investigating the shooting, which occurred at a home in Matlock Heights, Darch, just after midnight. Serious and organised crime Superintendent Charlie Carver told 6PR Radio the shooting was a targeted attack on the property. Advertisement: Story continues below He said the assailants parked their vehicle at the end of the street before walking up to the home and firing five shots into the home and a car parked in the driveway. Three shots were fired into the front lounge room window, one into a window frame and the fifth into the Nissan Coupe. Two men and a woman, who were believed to have links to the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang, are still being interviewed by police at the property. Inspector Mal Anderson said the two men were known to police and were not cooperating with investigating officers. A .45 calibre handgun was suspected to have been used to fire five shots into the front of the home and a car parked outside Inspector Anderson said neighbours reported hearing loud voices shortly before the shots were fired. A number of spent cartridges were found outside the home and will be subject to examination. Inspector Anderson said police would be searching for the occupants of a dark red Toyota Hilux that was seen leaving the scene without its headlights on. Neighbours were said to be shaken after the shooting with one witness telling Channel Ten the street was generally quiet although the same home had been targeted in a break-in several weeks ago. Windows were reportedly smashed in the break-in at the property however it was not clear if that was related to the shooting. Major crime squad and forensic officers were at the property this morning and the organised crime squad has also arrived at the scene adding further weight to the claims the shooting was related to a bikie feud. One neighbour told Channel Ten three people were seen running from the property shortly after the shots were fired, before fleeing in the Toyota Hilux. Channel Ten reported the home had high security, including several cameras, installed outside the property. Police were expected to make a statement on the incident shortly.

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