The crime boss cousin of Brothers for Life gangster Bassam Hamzy has been executed in a drive-by shooting outside a ritzy Chinese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD.
Emergency services were called to Bridge Street, near Circular Quay, at about 10.25pm on Thursday after reports Bilal Hamze had been shot.
An emergency services source told Daily Mail Australia the gangster was shot in the stomach multiple times as he left the popular Chinese fusion restaurant Mr. Wong.
Hamze was treated at the scene before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he died a short time later after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Paramedics struggled to keep his organs from falling out after the shooting, with witnesses saying they heard ‘five or six gunshots’.
Police found the burnt-out wreckage of an Audi, believed to be the getaway car, on a quiet street in Northwood on the Lower North Shore on Friday morning.
Emergency services were called to Bridge Street, near Circular Quay, at about 10.25pm on Thursday after reports Bilal Hamze had been shot
Hamze had been living in the heart of the CBD in a desperate bid to evade contract killers targeting him. Pictured: Thursday night’s crime scene
He had been living in the heart of the CBD in a desperate bid to evade contract killers targeting him.
Convenience store worker Mohammed Hamad told the Daily Telegraph he heard ‘five or six rounds’ before horrified witnesses told him there had been a shooting.
Bilal Hamze was the cousin of Brothers for Life gangster Bassam Hamzy (pictured) who is currently serving time in Goulburn Supermax over a litany of crimes
‘It’s hard not to be scared. When you work in our society and you hear gunshots in the middle of the city,’ he said.
The brazen execution comes as tensions escalate between the Hamzy family and the Alameddine clan.
In November, it was believed a gang war could erupt in Sydney after a cocaine shipment worth $100million went missing, leading to a kidnapping.
Tensions were already growing in the southwest after Mejid Hamzy, the 44-year-old brother of jailed crime boss Basam, was shot dead outside his Condell Park home on October 19.
An underworld source said 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.’
Mejid Hamzy’s execution had police fearing retaliation attacks and led to a flood of police presence in the area.
The shooting by two gunman followed a brawl the previous week between members linked to Hamzy’s notorious Brothers 4 Life gang and an associate of the Alameddine crime family.
Hamze is the son of matriarch Maha Hamze, who in 2013 survived a spray of eight bullets to her home in an ongoing underworld war.
In April, Hamzy was charged over the murder of 15-year-old Brayden Dillon, who was shot in an ‘execution-style’ killing while sleeping in his home in Glenfield on Good Friday 2017.
Hamze’s cousin Mejid Hamzy (pictured) was shot dead in his southwest Sydney home in October last year
In April, Strike Force Raptor officers conducted 47 raids. All of the 11 arrests made were believed to be connected to the warring Hamzy and Alameddine crime families
The NSW Supreme Court heard the notorious underworld figure, who has been detained since 1999, masterminded the hit as payback for the death of his nephew Adam Abu-Mahmoud.
Brayden’s brother Joshua was ruled to have knifed Adam in self defence during a 2016 street brawl in Panania, southwest Sydney.
The triggerman Conrad Craig was jailed for at least 30 years for the callous murder.
Brothers 4 Life associate Abdul Abu-Mahmoud was also found guilty of murder for organising and financing the shooting.
Hamzy is currently serving a 40-year sentence for a litany of serious crimes.
In April, Strike Force Raptor officers conducted 47 raids and seized $600,000 worth of drugs, cars, weapons, cash, sports cars, and jewelry from stockpiles across Sydney.
All of the 11 arrests made were believed to be connected to the warring Hamzy and Alameddine crime families.
Source: Daily Mail UK