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Gang wars escalate in Sydney gun attack

A GUNMAN opened fire on a senior member of the Hells Angels on Sunday, shooting him several times outside a Sydney apartment complex in the latest incident in an escalating battle between biker gangs in Australia, police said yesterday.

Local media said the wounded victim was the brother of a Hells Angel killed in a brawl at Sydney's airport last week. New South Wales state police refused to release the man's identity, but confirmed he was a 32-year-old member of the Hells Angels.

Gangs Squad Commander Superintendent Mal Lanyon said the shooter was probably a rival biker. "I think it's probably realistic that we will be looking at other motorcycle gangs," Lanyon said.

Last week's 15-minute rampage at Sydney's domestic airport thrust long-simmering biker violence into the public eye. Police launched a special unit to combat the growing turf war, saying the gangs had crossed a line by putting members of the public into the line of fire.

Sunday night's incident began when a Hells Angels biker pulled into the driveway of an apartment complex in Sydney, police said. The car was suddenly sprayed with bullets and the biker hit several times. A man was seen running away.

The biker is in a stable condition at a heavily guarded hospital, police said.

In the airport brawl, Anthony Zervas, the 29-year-old brother of a Hells Angels leader in Sydney, was bludgeoned to death with metal poles during a fight that erupted between members of the gang and the rival Comancheros when they got off a flight from Melbourne.

Five men connected to the Comancheros have been charged in connection with the fight. None of them has been charged directly with the killing.

Over the weekend, the New South Wales government began considering legislation that would allow Supreme Court judges to jail biker gang members caught associating with one another if a gang is outlawed. Biker gangs have existed in Australia since the late 1960s. Gang members are often accused of being involved in drugs, though gang leaders deny involvement in organized crime.


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