Families of gang members urged to provide tip-offs

THE only people who can stop the bloodshed in Sydney's gang war are the families of gang members who don't want their loved ones to be next, NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher has warned.

Speaking to reporters in Sydney following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Bassil Hijazi yesterday, Mr Gallacher pleaded with families to break the bikie code of silence and provide police with anonymous tip-offs.

He said if families wanted to stop their loved ones from "falling at the end of a gun", they needed to "make that call...as quickly as you can".

Police believe Hijazi is the fourth man to be executed at the hands of feuding bikie members.

The young Comancheros prospect had survived a drive-by shooting earlier this month but on Monday night, he wasn't so lucky.

Police discovered his bloody body in the middle of Bexley car-park, just blocks from where he had been shot in the neck two weeks before.

Mr Gallacher promised NSW police were being given every resource to combat the gang war but said the gun violence across the country pointed a bigger problem.

He said none of the guns being used by organised criminal were produced in Australia and it was important both levels of government worked together to ensure the federal agencies responsible for protecting the nation's borders were "refocussed, resourced and committed to doing the job".



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