POLICE said bikie gangs were ‘‘clearly’’ recruiting younger members, last week, after charging two 17-year-old boys over the drive-by shooting of two Merrylands units.
On April 23, 13 shots were fired into homes in a unit block in Oxford Street.
Four nights earlier, on April 19, five homes and businesses at Merrylands, Baulkham Hills, Granville and Northmead were shot at.
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Those and another two shootings at Rouse Hill and Bella Vista on April 20, were blamed by police on a feud by the Hells Angels and Nomads bikie gangs.
Detective inspector Gavin Wood alleged two 17-year-olds arrested during dawn raids at their Auburn and Granville homes on Wednesday were associates of the Hells Angels.
Police have not yet charged the teens with any other shootings but said they would look at any links they may have to shootings at the properties of Nomads members and associates.
When asked if gangs were recruiting minors to commit crimes so they avoided tougher penalties, detective inspector Wood said the teens faced ‘‘very serious time in jail’’.
‘‘But these gangs clearly are recruiting younger members,’’ he said.
The teenage male from Granville was charged with two counts of firing a gun at a house, while the other teen from Auburn will face one count of the same charge when the matter is reheard on June 6.
Neither accused applied for bail on Thursday and bail was formally refused.
Two men, aged 20 and 22, also allegedly bikie gang associates, were arrested over the shooting and faced court on April 24.