Seven gangsters have been arrested after police interrupted a meeting between the men — some of whom police say were carrying assault rifles — in a Vancouver park.

Members of the Uniformed Gang Task Force had been monitoring the suspects in light of increased tensions within the gang world, and made their arrests on Wednesday afternoon.

Supt. Tom McCluskie, with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), said despite a recent lull in violence, a gang war can erupt again at any time.

“The potential for people to get caught up in the violence is real and that is unacceptable,” he said.