Fatal Sydney shooting overnight linked to gangland execution

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The nephew of a Sydney gangland figure who was executed last month was shot in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett confirmed on Saturday the deceased was the 23-year-old nephew of Mahmoud "Brownie" Ahmad who was killed last month in Sydney.

The 23-year-old was killed outside his home on Knox Street in Belmore at around 4am on Saturday.

At the scene, officers from Campsie Police Area Command found a man with gunshot wounds to his torso. NSW Ambulance Paramedics treated him, however, the man died at the scene.

A 23-year-old man was shot dead in Belmore in the early hours of Saturday morning. Source: Today via 9News
A 23-year-old man was shot dead in Belmore in the early hours of Saturday morning. Source: Today via 9News

Shortly after the shooting on Saturday, two cars were found on fire at Croydon Park and Bexley North.

It is the third fatal shooting in Sydney in recent weeks, the second in just days.

On Tuesday, two Comanchero bikies were gunned down at a western Sydney gym.

Omar Zahed, 39, was killed and his brother, Comanchero bikie boss Tarek Zahed, 41, was critically wounded at the Body Fit gym in Auburn.

Police try to stop spate of 'tit-for-tat'

Speaking to reporters, Chief Superintendent Bennett said police are working to stop the recent string of violence in Sydney.

"When I got the call this morning, the first thing that ran through my mind was that we are in a spate of tit-for-tat shootings around organised criminals and southwest Sydney," he said.

The motivation behind the most recent shooting will form part of the police's investigation.

Police will also look into any associations or involvement the nephew had in other crimes.

Chief Superintendent Bennett described the killing as "atrocious" and said it is believed the deceased heavily pregnant wife was taken to hospital after the incident.

"It's pretty horrific," he said, when asked to describe the scene of the crime.

"It's in the middle of a suburban street, its numerous shots fired with numerous shots hitting a person who's clearly being targeted."

Bullet holes are seen in a window where police attend the scene of a shooting at at the Bodyfit Fitness Centre in Auburn, Sydney, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
Two Comanchero bikie brothers were peppered with bullets in a nighttime ambush at a Sydney gym on Tuesday. Source: AAP

Following the death on Saturday morning, a crime scene was established and will be examined by specialist forensic officers.

Knox Street is closed and local traffic diversions are in place.

Homicide detectives will lead the investigation into the shooting under Strike Force Bati, with assistance from officers attached to the Criminal Groups and Raptor Squads.

Strike Force Raptor specifically targets Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and was established in 2009.

Campsie Police Area Command and South-West Metropolitan Region will also be involved in the investigation.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, people who lived near Knox Street said they woke up after hearing the gunshots.

One neighbour said they heard around 10 shots and then the sound of a car speeding down the street.

NSW Police will address the media later today.

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