Sydney's underworld back in spotlight

ARE the people of NSW being drawn into another gangland war?

It's a question the state's senior police are reluctant to address, but it seems outlaw criminals are giving the public their answer.

Police have been quick to announce the formation of multiple task forces targeting gang violence, but it appears the organised crime network is yet to take heed.

Gun fights in suburbia, drive-by shootings, execution-style murders and public brawls on the notorious Kings Cross strip have put Sydney's underworld back in the spotlight.

Most recently feuding gang members opened fire on businesses and homes across the city in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police have confirmed at least four of the five shootings are likely linked to an ongoing conflict between members of the Hell's Angels and Nomads motorcycle gangs.

The groups have been linked to a spate of reckless violence across Sydney in the past month, including the most public shooting where a man was gunned down on the dance floor of Kings Cross strip club Bada Bing.

Officers from Sydney's Gang Squad have been assigned to Strike Force Kinnarra to investigate the shootings at a home and a business at Merrylands, a shop at Baulkham Hills and a home at Granville.

State Crime Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon, said detectives from the newly-formed Strike Force Kinnarra would work with Strike Force Raptor, the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad and members of the metropolitan regions to target specific locations and OMCG members and their associates.

He said police were again facing a "wall of silence" when questioning witnesses and victims.

"There are members of the community who have information about these shootings and the people involved," Mr Lanyon said.

"There is no doubt that these shootings are all about the conflicting groups sending a message to each other, but they are reckless acts of violence."

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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