Fears Of A Bikie War Following Shooting In Broad Daylight
The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi as he sat in the driver's seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.
The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydney's south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.
Former Comanchero bikie Mick Hawi has been shot dead at a Rockdale gym. Exclusive CCTV shows the gunmen that police are hunting. The two attackers were both wearing black and seen running away after torching their getaway car. #Rockdale #7News pic.twitter.com/zJ5SuJ0crF— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 15, 2018
His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.
Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.
Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.
Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.
The getaway car used for the execution of former bikie boss Mick Hawi. Dumped in a Kogarah street and torched shortly after the shooting. Two men seen running away with faces covered #TenNews pic.twitter.com/oYFa24zRRt— TEN News Sydney (@TenNewsSydney) February 15, 2018
Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a "serious, brutal and callous".
"This was a planned and targeted attack," Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.
He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawi's underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.
"It's essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that," Mr Lanyon said.
Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.