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Comanchero bikie is dead and his father is fighting for life after a shooting in Adelaide's north last night.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Twenty-two-year-old Giovanni Focarelli died in the shooting at Dry Creek. His father Vince Focarelli is in a stable condition after being wounded by up to four bullets. Police say Mr Focarelli, the self-appointed head of the South Australian chapter of the Comancheros bikie gang, is refusing to help with investigations into his son's death. Detective Superintendent Grant Moyle says the two men were shot at Dry Creek and then went to Prospect in Adelaide's inner north. "We have a scene in a street at Dry Creek where we believe that the shooting did initially take place and that Focarelli has driven from there and down Prospect Road, where he's come across a patrol and he's stopped in front of that and sought their assistance," he said. "Detectives have spoken to Mr Focarelli at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. "He has declined to provide us any information that might assist us in identifying the offender. AUDIO: Comanchero bikie's son killed after Adelaide shooting (AM) "That is a difficulty we face in these particular cases. The people that do know information are often reluctant to assist the investigation." Detective Superintendant Moyle says police fear there could be reprisals. "We'll try to do what we can to talk some sense into these people and prevent anyone else from getting injured," he said. Vince Focarelli was shot in the leg last month and was the target of a failed bomb attack earlier by two Hells Angels associates. That bomb exploded prematurely, killing both of the would-be attackers. Adelaide lawyer Craig Caldicott says Vince Focarelli has alienated many other bikies. He says differences began when there was a falling out with a member of the Hells Angels. "It was on a personal level. They had been friends and then suddenly there was a huge falling out and I think out of the genesis of that Focarelli, with a view to try to protect himself, formed the New Boys and then tried to brand himself as a Comanchero," he said. PHOTO: Shot dead: Giovanni Focarelli, 22. (facebook.com) Urgent briefing South Australian Police Minister Jennifer Rankine will get a briefing from the Police Commissioner Mal Hyde this morning about the shootings. She says police are doing their best to deal with bikie gang members. "Hundreds of them have been arrested and charged. Hundreds of their associates have been arrested and charged," she said. "We've barred hundreds of them from licensed premises. The police have charged them over drug dealing and seized firearms from them." SA Opposition police spokesman Duncan McFetridge says Government efforts against gangs are not working. "Getting these charges to stick, getting these arrests is part of it, but following through [is needed], making consequences for their actions and at the moment it looks like in Adelaide it's 'Dodge City', you're able to dodge the consequences," he said. Ms Rankine says she has already been assured by police they have the resources in their crime gangs taskforce to deal with bikie gangs. "They have 44 sworn officers in that taskforce. They have a range of other specialists in there, forensic accountants, criminal intelligence experts, a whole range of experts and they bring-in other people as they need from other areas," she said.DISCLAIMER:Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder

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