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Alleged Rebels defector shot amid bikie gang ‘tit for tat’

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A man was shot three times as he got out of a BMW SUV at Leppington on Wednesday night and is thought to be a former Rebel who had patched over to the Bandidos.“The Bandidos are on a recruitment drive at the moment and trying to bolster their numbers,’’ said one former club member.A police source confirmed that there was renewed bad blood between the two groups.“A few Bandidos have patched over recently and it has stirred up trouble,’’ said the source.‘Patching over’ is the term used when a bikie member leaves a club to join a rival and often results in reprisals.The 28-year-old victim, who is in a stable condition after being hit in the legs is not co-operating with police. A burnt out car was found in nearby Casula which police believe was linked to the attack.It’s the second similar shooting in the past week in southwest Sydney.At 4.30am on Boxing Day a 29-year-old man was shot outside a unit block in Potts Hill and a burnt out vehicle, a HiAce van, was found in Yagoona. Police have not linked the two incidents at this stage.The Rebels are still the largest bikie group in Australia by numbers but the Comanchero are considered more powerful because of their wealth from drug money and links to other criminal groups, including the Alameddine crime family. The Bandidos along with the Hells Angels make up the ‘big four’ as they are often referred to.All four are often in conflict with each other mainly in disputes over drug territory.“These guys fight all the time,” said a senior police officer.“It doesn’t matter if it’s the Commos, the Bandidos, Hells Angels or Lone Wolf, every so often there is a flare up and stupid tit-for-tat shootings,’’ he said.Last year a similar recruitment drive by the Bandidos targeting new members from the Comanchero resulted in the murder of Fares Abounader.Abounader, 39, a staunch Comanchero and ally of former Commo boss Mick Hawie – also murdered – was shot outside his home in Panani on August 29, 2020.At the time police said they believed he had recently been approached to join a new chapter of the Bandidos. His murder is still unsolved.



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