18 July 2017

Bikies in police sights after Waramanga shooting

| Ian Bushnell
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Police have Canberra’s warring bikie gangs in their sights after a second house was sprayed with bullets in Waramanga last week.

ACT Policing’s Taskforce Nemesis detectives are investigating the shooting that occurred in Badimara Street about 11:20 pm on Tuesday the 11th of July.

Police attended the scene after a report of shots being fired and a car leaving the area at high speed.

They said a car and the front of the house were damaged, with at least 27 bullets being fired from a high-powered rifle.

Police declared a crime scene and forensics officers scoured the property for evidence.

Police said two people who were inside the home during the shooting were not gang members, but the owner of the house was.

Detective Superintendent of Criminal Investigations Ben Cartwright said that Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) members and their criminal associates were on the radar of Taskforce Nemesis and the focus of ongoing police investigations.

“This incident isn’t a trivial matter. The activities of OMCG members cause harm and fear in our community and members of the community may inadvertently become caught up in this irresponsible behaviour,” he said.

“This is serious and organised crime and will not be tolerated in the ACT. The discharge of a firearm in a public area is reckless and dangerous and could have had fatal consequences.”

Last Friday in Kambah a house was shot at and three cars set alight.

ACT Policing is urging anyone with information about the incident, or saw any suspicious activity in Badimara Street around 11:20 pm on Tuesday night to contact ACT Policing Operations on 131444. Information can also be provided anonymously via ACT Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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