Strike Force Raptor North dives in search of gun linked to 2016 bikie shooting at Port Stephens

Raptor North dives in search of gun linked to 2016 bikie shooting Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

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Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Police divers search the Hunter River at Hexham on July 24, in search of a weapon suspected to have been used in a 2016 shooting at Port Stephens. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

SEARCH: Operational support group officers searching off Big Rocky Track at One Mile Beach looking for evidence into shooting of senior Nomads bikie in 2016. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.

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“There are members of outlawmotorcycle gangs in the communityusing guns and in this case, which we believe is an internal matter, they’ve used them against their own members.”

Inspector Radmore said there were“definitely persons of interest” that policehad identified.

He said thesearch of the river would continueuntil policeeither found the weapon or cleared the area.

Divers are expected to resume the operationon Wednesday, if conditions allow.

“The community needs to have confidence that police will investigate these matters, whether they’re internal matters amongst outlaw motorcycle gangs or targeted against members of the community who are unrelated to outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Inspector Radmore said.

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“We will be now pursuing this investigation to finality.”

Strike Force Raptor North is based in the Hunter and was established earlier this year, along with a southern counterpart based in the Illawarra, as offshoots of the elite Strike Force Raptor anti-bikie squad.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the 2016 shooting at Port Stephens to contact Crime Stoppers–where tipscan be given anonymously–on 1800 333 000.