Australian police laid charges on September 3 against 28 members of two feuding motorcycle gangs after a bloody gun battle the previous day.
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Background: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Australian police laid charges on September 3 against 28 members of two feuding motorcycle gangs after a bloody gun battle the previous day. The fight between the rival gangs in a Sydney car park on September 2 left seven people dead and 16 others injured. Among the dead was a fourteen-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire as she was selling raffle tickets. The violence erupted when two rival gangs, the Commancheros and the Banditos, invaded Father's Day celebrations at a party organised by a British motorcycle owners' club. More than a hundred bikers were involved in the fight in which rifles, spanners, chains, shotguns, baseball bats and machetes were used. Dead and injured were strewn across the car park of the Viking tavern, in the suburb of Milpeura. The car park is used regularly by motorcycle gangs and others for markets to swop bike parts. A brief truce was called to allow casualties to be taken to hospital. Police said fighting flared again in casualty wards between gang members who had accompanied wounded companions to hospital.
Source: ATN 7, SYDNEY