WA Police have pledged to crack down on criminal gangs following a fatal shooting in Perth’s northern suburb of Gnangara yesterday, with detectives confirming the victim had links to biker members.
- Police found a man dead in a workshop in Gnangara around 4 p.m. Thursday
- The Gang Crime Squad assists the Homicide Squad in their investigations
- Police believe the shooting was targeted and the shooter poses no threat to the community
A 34-year-old man has been found dead on the premises of a workshop on Sydney Road after being shot.
Police said investigations were ongoing and no arrests had yet been made, but reassured there was no active threat to the community as it was a targeted attack .
Commissioner Col Blanch said a number of search warrants had already been executed, with more to come, to “send a clear message to those in the community who want to commit these acts of violence that this is not not tolerated”.
“If people think they can, in cold blood, shoot people in Western Australia, then the police will come looking for them.”
“The toughest bike and gun laws in the country”
Police Minister Paul Papalia reiterated that Western Australia will continue to crack down on gang-related crime.
“This type of act is exactly why the government is giving Western Australian police the toughest bike and firearms laws in the country,” the minister said.
In addition to recent amendments to the Firearms Act and related legislation, Minister Papalia said the government was also working on amendments to the Tracking Devices Act and the Criminal Investigations Act “to enable police to more effectively target outlaw motorcycle gangs and organized crime”.
Commissioner Blanch issued a direct warning to crime gangs: “If you step out of line, you start doing things like this, then the gang crime squad will come for you.”
Police appeal for witnesses
Neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots and said they saw a car and a motorbike leaving the scene soon after.
The property where the shooting took place is a warehouse, which neighbors say is a shared workspace used by mechanics.
The area is semi-rural, with small farms immediately surrounding the warehouse.
Police are asking anyone who was in the area between 1 and 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon who may have information or CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.