Banksia Grove shooting: tensions rising between bikie gangs


Detective Inspector Mark Fyfe.
Detective Inspector Mark Fyfe.

WA POLICE are concerned about rising tensions between the Rebels and Coffin Cheaters bikie gangs after the shooting death of Mitchell Finnerty in Banksia Grove.

Mr Finnerty was socialising at a home in Cassia Link on Tuesday night, when a dispute involving visitors to the house culminated in a shooting.

About eight shots were fired from two separate semi-automatic firearms.

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Mr Finnerty was killed, while a 24-year-old man and his 53-year-old father were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The father and son have since been released from hospital.

One of the visitors to the house is believed to be a Rebels member or nominee, while one of the wounded men had links to the Coffin Cheaters.

Major Crime Squad Detective Inspector Mark Fyfe told reporters that an argument involving non-gang members had quickly escalated.

“There was a dispute involving property that wasn’t involving gang members,” Detective Inspector Fyfe said.

“A confrontation developed which then involved gang members.”

Detective Inspector Fyfe said the shooting had caused “a rise in tensions between the Rebels and the Coffin Cheaters”.

He said the Gang Crime Squad was working to cool things between the gangs.

“Our role at this time is to investigate the death of Mr Finnerty and to ultimately bring the offender or offenders to justice,” he said.

“We are working closely with officers from the Gang Crime Squad to achieve this and the Gang Crime Squad is addressing the rising tensions between these two gangs.”

Detective Inspector Fyfe said police did not have a suspect at this time, but they had spoken with Mr Finnerty’s father and told him they hoped to resolve the matter soon.

“As you can imagine any parent would be upset,” Detective Inspector Fyfe said.

“We spoke to him at length about our investigation and what we hope to have in place for him in a short space of time.”

Police believe an Audi car that was found burnt out in Sinagra was involved in the incident.