– Shootings, a foiled kidnapping and a checkpoint standoff – separate incidents involving different motorcycle gangs – have kept Victoria Police busy since Friday night.
Up to six gunshots were fired at a house in a drive-by shooting in Melbourne’s north that police believe was part of an ongoing feud between outlaw bikie gangs. The shots were fired from a car at a house in McCarthy Street in Epping about 2:15am on Saturday. No one was injured.
A Victoria police spokeswoman said detectives from the Echo Taskforce had set up a crime scene in the residential street. She said the shooting was related to the escalating violence between outlaw motorcycle clubs in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, police said they also foiled a kidnapping involving up to five men linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs in Melbourne’s north-east.
Officers from the Special Operations Group helped arrest the men as part of a drug operation at a Greensborough property about 9pm on Friday. The men were expected to face charges, including aggravated burglary and drug offences, at an out-of-sessions hearing at Mill Park police station on Saturday.
Detective Inspector Richard Read said the alleged drug trafficking was not related to bikie gang activity.
Amphetamines including the drug ice were seized during the operation, which comes a week after police warned of the threat of a brewing bikie war after the shooting of Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell on March 1st at a Melton industrial estate.
Mitchell was shot in the right bicep by members of rival gangs, believed to include the Hells Angels.
Police took the unusual step of warning officers and the public that the two gangs had declared war following the ambush of Mitchell, who survived the second attempt on his life.
In what appeared to be a reprisal attack, the Bendigo headquarters of the Satan’s Soldiers was destroyed by a suspicious fire on Thursday night. The Satan’s Soldiers have links to the Hells Angels and have another clubhouse in Norton Avenue, Melton, where mitchell was ambushed.
On Thursday, members of the Echo Taskforce found drugs and ammunition during a raid on the Bandidos’ Brunswick fortress. On Saturday, police from Operation Resound, the Taskforce set up this week to deal with the threat of a bloody bikie feud, were monitoring more than 200 members of the Finks gang, who met with interstate members in Glenrowan on the Hume Highway. Police set up a roadblock on the highway – Stephen Cauci, Cameron Houston & Nick Toscano


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