A former police officer turned Hamilton Council member says the three Waikato homicides have seen an "unusual" number of patched gang members on the streets of Hamilton and the deaths appear to "have stirred them up".
James Casson gave an interview to 1 NEWS' Katie Bradford today, following the violent deaths of three men in the Waikato region in the past month.
"Something has stirred up the gang members, there has been quite a few patched different gangs in town here that is highly unusual so there is something going on here.
"Obviously these latest three homicides that police are saying are fairly much linked that's what will have done it and brought them out so there are concerns in the gang world as well," Mr Casson said.
The former cop has a warning for the public to be vigilant in the wake of the recent violence.
"They are targeting other gang members but the public can get caught in the crossfire and people can get hurt."
He suggested a hui between gangs, police and council could help alleviate tensions.
"I encourage gang bosses to put out a truce and get a hui together with other gangs the police and council, I'd attend myself.
"When you have gang meetings it gets things out in the open, gang bosses will know what's going on," Mr Cassson said.
However, speaking at a press conference today, Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley said they were "targeted attacks" and the general community isn't in danger.
While Detective Pitkethley refused to name the gangs connected to the homicides, he assured that police have not heard talk of retaliations in the gang community.