Police have talked down concerns of a potential “bikie war” erupting in Adelaide following searches of four properties and a business in connection to the investigation into the 2012 shooting of Jason De Ieso.
- Police searched four properties and a business in connection to the murder
- In an unrelated matter, a house was hit by gun shots in Ascot Park last night
- Police say the occupants of the house did not appear to be involved in criminal activity
It comes as police revealed five shots had been fired at a house in Adelaide’s south on Monday night, saying the incident was linked to two recent arson attacks, but not linked directly to the murder investigation.
Police said shots were fired at an Ascot Park house about 8:00pm and said its occupants did not appear to be involved in “any criminality” or the “conflict itself”.
However, they said they believed the incident was related to a food truck being set alight on Thursday and a suspicious fire at a gym in Marleston on Friday.
Serious and Organised Crime Branch Detective Superintendent Mark Trenwith said police believed the incidents were related to a debt.
“Police believe that three incidents over the last week — the two arsons and the shooting last night at Ascot Park — are related,” he said.
“These incidents, we do not believe are directly related to the Task Force Alpha investigations and arrests from a week or so ago, in relation to the De Ieso murder.”
Police made a number of arrests in relation to the shooting of Mr De Ieso at his Pooraka panelbeating business on November 21, 2012.
Seven people have been charged over the alleged murder.
Superintendent Trenwith said some of the people involved were linked to the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and those arrests, but it was “not a wider conflict between bikie groups”.
He said no-one was injured in the latest shooting incident and police believed the house targeted had links to the Marleston gym.
“The house at Ascot Park is related to the people involved in the gym at Marleston that was burned down,” he said.
“… it appears that there’s some sort of payback involved and it would appear that it’s likely that people being incarcerated or arrested in relation to the murders has changed the balance of power amongst some of these groups and that there’s retaliation … involving these three incidents.”
Police searching for white sedan
Superintendent Trenwith said a small white sedan was seen in the street at Ascot Park when the shooting occurred and had not yet been recovered.
“We do have CCTV of the incident, which we’re not releasing at the moment for operation reasons,” he said.
“I should also point out that the people in the house last night do not appear to be involved in the criminality or the conflict itself.”
He also said he wanted to send a message to those involved and to the wider community.
“Our message to the community is we are actively working to arrest those responsible for these offences,” he said.
“Our message to those engaged in this violence is that we’ll be relentless in our pursuit of getting justice in relation to these offences.”
‘We will keep the pressure on them’
Superintendent Trenwith said the lack of cooperation had made the situation tough for police but they remained confident of arresting those responsible for the three incidents.
“It certainly doesn’t stop us, and we have had a great deal of success in recent years tackling overt crime and intimidation by Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs,” he said.
“We remain flexible and vigilant when policing this form of organised crime whether the criminality is violence or drugs or some other issue — we will keep the pressure on them.”
Police have asked anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.