Fears of a bikie turf war “unfounded” say police after man shot dead


UPDATE 10:45am:

Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling has attempted to cease suggestions the shooting of a man at Tweed Heads on Saturday at around 4pm, is related to bikie gangs or drug gang activity across the Tweed Shire.

Superintendent Starling held a media briefing outside the Tweed Heads Police station at 10am this morning (Sunday, June 25).

He said there was “no suggestion” that the shooting was related to bikie or criminal gang networks, despite several questions from reporters attempting to connect the shooting with known gangs and drug related activity.

“There is no suggestions in this instance of bikie or gang activity,” he said.

“We are continuing investigations and ask that any members of the public who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward, they can remain anonymous.”

One reporter asked Superintendent Starling whether he could “rule out” bikie gangs being involved in the shooting.

“We can not rule anything out, we do not have tunnel vision on this matter, however there’s no suggestion at this time that the shooting was bikie gang related,” he said.

8.30am Sunday, June 25

TWEED HEADS Police and the NSW Homicide Squad are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at Tweed Heads on Saturday, June 24.

The man was found outside The Tweed Hospital with gunshot wound to the stomach at about 4.30pm.

The man received treatment; however police said in a media statement that he died a short time later.

Several media sources have pinned the shooting to rival bikie gangs the Lone Wolf Motorcycle Gang and the Bandidos following a brawl outside the Seagulls Club on Wednesday, June 21.

However, police were yet to confirm the gang connection as well as the identity of the victim.

Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling is due to address the media at 10am this morning (Sunday, June 25).

As inquiries continue, police are urging any witnesses, or anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.