Australia - Police say they have arrested a senior member of the Hells Angels during raids on more than a dozen Sydney properties linked to the bikie gang.
The 13 homes and businesses across the city, including in the suburbs of Eastlakes, Mascot and Liverpool, were searched this morning.
Among the items seized in the raids was a fake bomb, a loaded pistol, ammunition, cocaine, ice, steroids, mobile phones and a large quantity of cash.
Police say the 31-year-old gang member was arrested at a hotel in the city and taken to Surry Hills Police Station for questioning.
Investigators say they are aware of an escalating conflict between the Hells Angels and rival gang the Comancheros, but the raids were not linked to a shooting last night in Bexley.
A 19-year-old man narrowly escaped more serious injury when he was shot in the neck as he sat in a car just after 8:30pm.
He staggered to a nearby home, where a man and his teenage son provided aid.
Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis says some people may be using the feud between the two bikie gangs as cover.
"Whilst we acknowledge that there is currently a conflict between the Hells Angels and the Comanchero, we cannot rule out the possibility that current disputes that are going on between personal individuals and other criminal entities [that] are using the current conflict as a smokescreen to carry out those personal revenge attacks," he said.
"My concern at the moment is that there's a lot of speculation, a lot of information going out there. Some of it is correct, some of it is incorrect.
"Other individuals are choosing to spread information which is totally false to try and escalate this current conflict and what we're trying to do is downplay it."
Last night's incident comes after two men died in separate shootings in southern Sydney last week.