| International News | Tuesday April 17 2012 21:04
Five shootings in five hours have narrowly missed innocent children and elderly residents and taken western Sydney's soaring gun violence to a new level.
Police have called for calm and the federal government has suggested national initiatives to curb the latest shooting spree, which started in January and worsened this month.
A turf war between rival bikie gangs the Hells Angels and the Nomads is believed to be behind four of the shootings overnight.
A house at Merrylands, another at Granville and two tattoo parlours at Merrylands and Baulkham Hills have been linked to the Hells Angels.
Federal Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare says customs agents should be embedded into the New South Wales Police Force to help with a new firearms intelligence unit needed to collect state and federal intelligence on illegal gun trade.
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