Ava Benny-Morrison, 09 December 2015

Detectives are investigating whether long-simmering bikie tensions have led to the shooting of a man at a petrol station south of Sydney.

Locals reported hearing a loud bang before a man was found sprawled on the concrete outside the Shell service station in Picton at 12.25pm on Wednesday.

The gunman fled, with witnesses saying he walked off in the direction of Menagle Street.

There are reports a body has been found in Picton Creek. It is not clear yet if the discovery is linked to the police operation.

Fairfax Media understands police are looking at the possible involvement of outlaw motorcycle club members, including from the Rebels.

The area south-west of Sydney is known as a Rebels stronghold, with the group maintaining its club house in Leppington.

Last month, the Picton Tattoos parlour and neighbouring leather shop were peppered with bullets in the middle of the night.

The tattoo shop is linked to the family of the winner of reality TV show Bachelorette, Sasha Mielczarek, whose father, Sasha snr, is a Rebels member.

It was reported at the time that Sasha’s brother, Jay, operated the tattoo business.

Shots were fired from a car into the tattoo shop on November 8. It is understood a leather shop, which had only recently opened its doors, was also targeted.

The shooting happened in the early hours of the morning and no one was injured.

Extracted in full from the Sydney Morning Herald.