Police have played down any suggestion that gang-related violence is on the rise in South Australia, in light of a gun fight involving bikie gangs in the heart of Adelaide early yesterday.
Assistant Commissioner Tony Harrison says the public should not be too worried about the potential for reprisal attacks.
Three men were taken into custody after the shoot-out in Gouger Street, but later released.
Police say the violence in the city restaurant strip involved up to a dozen people and 15 shots were fired from semi-automatic weapons.
The Assistant Commissioner has supported the need for the SA Government's anti-bikie bill which is currently before the parliament.
He says police need firm backing to deal with outlaw bikies.
"I think it's very, very typical of their total disregard for the law in general and I think it's very, very typical of their involvement in drugs, firearms and this gang-type mentality, so the proposed bill that's currently before the Upper House I believe will go a long way to providing the tools that police need in relation to breaking up the very strong associations that exist between gang members," he said.
HOW CAN YOU PLAY THIS DOWN!!!!