The Hells Angels outsourced the shooting and bashing of rival gang members to a feeder group calling itself RAW, bikie sources have said.
Last Saturday, a Rebels bikie associate was shot and three other men were seriously hurt when a group of balaclava-clad men armed with bats and a gun stormed their gang’s clubhouse in Huskisson on the south coast.
Bikie sources have told The Sun-Herald the attacking group is known locally as Red And White, or RAW, and has links to the Hells Angels, who rely on the men to disrupt the Rebels’ illegal activities.
”They are a gang of about 30 blokes and the Hells Angels use them because if they tried to push in there themselves there would be a serious blue on,” a source said. ”They don’t ride bikes or are that organised but do the Hells Angels’ dirty work in the area.”
Shoalhaven police confirmed the existence of the RAW group but said the NSW State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad had taken over the investigation into the shooting.
The Gangs Squad Superintendent, Arthur Katsogiannis, declined to comment on theories behind the latest bikie attack.
”We are concerned there could be retribution for this incident and we are appealing to anyone who may have information to assist police,” he said.
Superintendent Katsogiannis said police investigations ”had hit a brick wall” because of Rebels gang members refusing to talk to them.
”It is difficult to investigate when people don’t co-operate with police,” he said.
While details remain sketchy, police confirmed a 27-year-old was shot in the leg, a 39-year-old was left with serious head injuries, fractured ribs and a fractured hand, and a 37-year-old sustained severe head injuries. The men went to Shoalhaven Hospital on Saturday night with a fourth man arriving later with head and back injuries.
On Tuesday, a Seven Hills tattoo parlour, Confederate Ink, which has links to the Rebels, was set on fire.
Police sources said there was no connection between the two attacks.
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