The lawyer for a Comancheros heavyweight who was the target of a gang shooting that killed his brother, Tarek Zahed says for the first time in a newspaper article about a bounty on his head, as police now investigate a “long line of suspects”.
Tarek, 41, and Omar Zahed, 39, were walking through the foyer of Auburn’s Bodyfit gym on Tuesday night when at least two gunmen fired dozens of rounds at the duo. Omar died on the spot, while Tarek, a married father of one, survived despite being shot in the head, body and legs.
He was operated on Wednesday and is in stable condition in hospital. His long-term prognosis is unknown.
A week before he was shot, The Daily Telegraph reported that Tarek was the last underworld figure to land a $1 million bounty. Last October, it was reported that a similar $1 million bounty was being offered for the murderer of underworld figure Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad. Last month, Ahmad was shot in a hail of bullets outside a house in Greenacre by two gunmen lurking.
Tarek’s lawyer Mohammed Chahine says this month’s news article was the first his client heard about the bounty; The new chief of the state crime command, Deputy Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald, said the duo had been warned that they had been marked “countless other times” as men.
No arrests have been made for either shooting, and Homicide Chief Superintendent Danny Doherty said on Thursday that police were investigating whether the Zaheds
victims of internal conflict within the Comancheros bikie gang or were the target of ongoing gang violence in Sydney. The gangland feud, mainly set in southwestern Sydney, has claimed six lives in the past 12 months.