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Australia Footage shows brother of crime boss Bassam Hamzy after he was shot

10:29  03 march  2021
10:29  03 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Harrowing footage has been released showing the brother of crime boss Bassam Hamzy sprinting away from gunmen seconds after he was shot.

Mejid Hamzy, 44, was gunned down in the driveway of his western Sydney home in Condell Park last October by two balaclava-clad men.

He is the younger brother of notorious jailed gangster Bassam, who is serving a 40 year jail sentence for a spree of killings and other crimes.

The murder remains unsolved and police on Wednesday released footage of Hamzy running down his suburban street after the two gunmen opened fire on him.

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CCTV captured him looking around behind him while sprinting away from his house along Simmat Avenue.

Hamzy, who lived with his wife and young children, staggered 200m around a corner into Curtin Place where he died outside a friend's home.

Police also released footage of two masked men inside jumping out of a grey Toyota RAV4, which was parked on the same street on the morning of the murder.

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The pair ran across the road just before the shooting, and were seen sprinting back to the car moments later and driving away.

About 20 minutes after the shooting a black Mercedes, with the partial registration EHV, was caught on CCTV being driven by a man suspected to have been involved with the shooting.

The Mercedes was seen near Simmat Avenue on the morning of the murder and later driving through the Moorebank area, including along Craig, Metcalfe and Selway Avenues.

Police want to speak to the masked man driving the car.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Mejid Hamzy (pictured) was gunned down outside his home at Condell Park about 7.30am on Monday morning, with police now hunting two gunmen over the attack © Provided by Daily Mail Mejid Hamzy (pictured) was gunned down outside his home at Condell Park about 7.30am on Monday morning, with police now hunting two gunmen over the attack

Detectives asked residents of Selway Ave on Wednesday if they recalled seeing the black Mercedes before or after the shooting.

The murder last year sparked fears of a gangland war between the Alameddine and Hamzy families in Sydney's southwest.

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A neighbour who witnessed the crime said at least eight shots were fired by two gunman.

'I went out to see if there were any dead people up the street… no one was injured so we knew he had to be dead,' the neighbour told The Daily Telegraph.

A car believed to belong to the gunmen was found burnt out at nearby Yagoona just minutes after the shooting.

Police are investigating if his murder is linked to a shooting a week later in Auburn on the same street where his aunt Maha Hamze lives.

Bullet casings were found in the street but by the time police arrived the scene was empty.

'At this stage no one knows if Mejid Hamzy was in the street visiting his relatives or if (the Auburn shooting) was totally unrelated,' the police officer said.

Hamzy lived in a grey duplex with his wife and young children and also cared for the four adult orphans of an uncle and aunt who had died some years earlier.

Hamzy owned the property and kept a low profile, sometimes training at a park near his home.

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The other half of his duplex was being rented by underworld figure Safwan Charbaji when he was shot dead in a gunfight outside a Condell Park smash repair business in April 2016.

Charbaji was killed by crime boss Walid 'Wally' Ahmad who in turn was shot dead at Bankstown Central shopping centre three weeks later.

Ahmad, who ran the smash repair business where Charbaji was killed, lived in Townsend Street, near where Hamzy was shot dead.

Hamzy's brother Bassam, 41, is serving 40 years in Goulburn's Supermax jail - Australia's most secure prison - for a string of offences including murder.

An underworld source told Daily Mail Australia that despite the attention given to his younger brother Bassam, Mejid was better connected in the criminal world.

'Whoever pulled this stunt is a madman for sure,' the source said. 'He is one of the biggest names in Sydney.

'Mejid is the one who made that family who they are today. Bassam is big but Mejid is a different breed.

'This guy was well connected and loved by heaps of heavies. His crew won't take this lightly.'

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said: 'Retaliation is a significant concern'.

'We'll be doing everything we can in terms of mitigating against further attacks.'

Assistant police commissioner Peter Thurtell said Mejid had 'obviously' been targeted be a criminal group.

'They are organised criminal groups targeting each other,' Mr Thurtell said. 'The rationale behind targeting each other is obviously drug related.

'We will be targeting associates and known offenders. They can expect us to be in their face. They know we will come knocking on their door.'

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