A 23-year-old relative of slain underworld figure Ahmad ‘Brownie’ Mahmoud was shot dead in Sydney this morning, sources said.
A young man was shot dead in south-west Sydney on Saturday morning, and police are investigating whether the murder is related to a gang conflict.
Reports of a shooting on Knox Street, Belmore were made to emergency services around 4am on Saturday.
When Campsie Police Area Command officers arrived on scene, they found the 23-year-old with a gunshot wound to the torso.
The victim, who has yet to be formally identified, died at the scene despite the efforts of NSW Ambulance paramedics.
The man is believed to be a relative of allegedly murdered underworld figure Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, who was shot dead last month, a law enforcement source told NCA NewsWire.
Police are investigating whether the shooting was in retaliation for a shooting earlier in the week, where Comanchero boss Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were attacked.
“(It is being investigated if) it is related to the wider conflict,” the source said.
“They get whoever they can get, if someone is a relative (of a rival) they will have a crack in them.”
Omar Zahed died of his injuries following the earlier shooting, in Auburn, western Sydney.
His brother Tarek, who survived serious multiple gunshot wounds, was described last year in the New South Wales Supreme Court as a sergeant-at-arms with the Sydney chapter of the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang.
Police Commissioner Karen Webb previously told 2GB radio that police are investigating whether Zahed’s shooting was in retaliation for the hit on “Brownie” Ahmad.
Police, including specialized forensic officers and organized crime detectives, were at the crime scene on Knox Street on Saturday morning, which remains closed with local traffic diversions.
The police set up Strike Force Bati to coordinate the investigation, and detectives from the homicide squad will take the lead.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that detectives were looking into whether the shooting was gang-related as one of their lines of inquiry.
However, it was too early to know the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Two vehicles were set on fire, at Croydon Park and Bexley North, shortly after the shooting, police said.
NSW police and the state government have vowed to crack down on organized crime and gun violence after a spate of deadly shootings in recent months.
“If he is involved in that activity, they will find him and they will lock him up,” Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said earlier in the week.
Saturday’s incident was the second fatal shooting in south-west Sydney this week and the third in the last three weeks.
Police told state parliament budget estimates earlier in the month that there had been 11 suspected gang-related killings in south-west Sydney since the end of 2020.