Officers from the police gang crime squad rushed to Thornlie this morning after a drive-by shooting believed to be the latest flare-up of an ongoing feud between the Rock Machine and Rebels bikie gangs.
Detective Superintendent Charlie Carver said a resident called police about 3.30am, saying he heard a number of gunshots in Marden Road in the south-eastern Perth suburb.
Police rushed to the area and have since confirmed four rounds were fired into the property, with two lodging in a car parked outside and two hitting the front of the home.
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Rock Machine motorcycle gang members who normally occupy the home were not there at the time of the drive-by.
Superintendent Carver confirmed the same home was raided by police over the weekend, and that a World War II mortar round was confiscated.
Bikie tensions boil over
The shooting follows a weekend of violence between the two groups, following two public brawls – one at music festival Supafest at Joondalup Arena on Sunday, and another at the Kingsway Shopping Centre yesterday.
Superintendent Carver said no charges had been laid over either fight, but said police are still reviewing footage of both incidents.
Last month gang crime squad detectives charged a Rock Machine member with attempted murder over the shooting of a rival gang member.
Rebels president Nick Martin was shot in the elbow outside a Balcatta home about 9.20pm on March 18, while a second bullet was found lodged in a motorbike at the property.
Police believed the shooting was part of an escalating dispute between the two gangs which began after tensions boiled over at a Kwinana motorplex Harley Davidson rally last year.
About 20 bikies from the Finks and Coffin Cheaters got into a brawl, causing one Finks member to lose a finger, another to be shot in the leg, while a third received head injuries.
In January, a group of men smashed a tattoo parlour in Spearwood and bashed the shop’s manager. The tattoo shop was believed to be linked to the Rock Machine motorcycle gang, police said.
Meanwhile in November last year a Bibra Lake tattoo parlour owned by a Rebels bikie gang member was attacked with molotov cocktails.
About a week after the firebombing, a random police stop in Crawley uncovered a cache of high-powered weapons police believed were destined to be used by the feuding gangs. Organised crime Detective Superintendent Charlie Carver said the weapons included semi-automatic and high-powered guns.
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