Investigation … police at Rhodes on Wednesday. Photo: Nick Moir
FIVE members of the Comancheros have been gunned down in three days as conflict within the bikie gang spirals into a bloodbath.
Police assured the public the gun violence was targeted and contained after another shooting on Wednesday morning.
A 28-year-old Comanchero associate was shot four times in the stomach on a Rhodes street before stumbling nearly 500 metres and collapsing outside a construction site near the Rhodes shopping centre.
Residents heard him scream for help at least 10 times just before 5am. Police found him suffering severe blood loss after leaving a long trail of blood that ran by the Rhodes train station.
The man had surgery on Wednesday night and was in a critical condition in Westmead Hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Several Comancheros are known to live at Rhodes. Two were arrested in raids in 2011.
The acting director of the Organised Crime squad, Detective Acting Chief Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said police were examining links to a triple shooting at a wedding in Canley Vale on Monday
A 23-year-old father, Faalau Pisu, was killed and two other men in their 20s, all members of the gang, were injured at a wedding attended by at least two dozen Comancheros. The bride's father was a senior member, according to Serbian press.
Chief Superintendent Katsogiannis said both incidents were likely to be a result of internal battles at the gang.
''We are not looking at open gang warfare,'' he said. ''We believe it's a contained conflict.''
He said police had ''no doubt'' there were people that had a specific and detailed knowledge of both shootings but investigators were receiving only ''snippets'' of information.
The latest round of gun violence came as police arrested more than 330 Rebels motorcycle gang members in a nationwide crackdown.
The Attero National Taskforce was formed in February to break the illegal bikie gang.
The Rebels were targeted first because they have the largest outlaw motorcycle gang in Australia with almost 2000 members. Investigators said others would be targeted.
The intervention and prevention director of the Australian Crime Commission, Paul Jevtovic, said the Rebels had penetrated legitimate industries, which they used to commit crimes.
''We're about breaking the business model of organised crime,'' Mr Jevtovic said of the taskforce, which is a historic collaboration between 14 national agencies. ''It is about hardening the environment so they can't continue to generate profits.''
Since February, law enforcement agents have laid more than 500 charges against members of bikie gangs, relating to violence, stalking, kidnapping, assault, drug offences and weapons offences.