Gang leader’s brother shot dead on Sydney street

A burned-out car was found in nearby Yagoona.

A burned-out car was found in nearby Yagoona. Photo: ABC

The younger brother of Brothers 4 Life gang leader Bassam Hamzy has been shot dead in what police believe was a targeted attack in Sydney’s south-west.

Mejid Hamzy was gunned down in Condell Park on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called to Simmat Avenue about 7.30am, where they found Mr Hamzy with several gunshot wounds.

He died at the scene.

Police are still searching for the gunman.

Bassam Hamzy started the Brothers 4 Life gang while in jail, after he converted to radical Islam.

The gang has several chapters in suburbs across Sydney’s south-west.

In 1999, aged 19, Bassam Hamzy shot dead a teenager on a Sydney nightclub strip and was jailed for 21 years for murder.

The riot squad was called to the scene on Monday morning and a burnt-out getaway car was found parked outside a home in the nearby suburb of Yagoona.

Traffic diversions are in place and the public is advised to avoid the area

Residents trying to leave their homes are being allowed to do so under police orders.

The homicide squad is assisting with investigations and a crime scene has been established.

Bassam Hamzy is considered one of Australia’s most notorious criminals. Photo: ABC

Acting Superintendent Darren Sly said two males were seen running from the scene of the shooting and into an undescribed vehicle.

“Based on what we know, it would appear those two males I described have been waiting for the male to leave his house this morning, so certainly at this early stage would say this was a targeted shooting,” Acting Superintendent Sly said.

“Shortly after the shooting we received reports of a burnt-out vehicle at Yagoona.”

Acting Superintendent Sly said it was not yet known whether the car was linked to the shooting.

“Police are always worried when we have a public shooting that there could be repercussions.

“Following the shooting, the male has managed to move or to run a hundred metres or so before they collapsed.”

A woman, who would not give her name, said Mejid Hamzy was her son’s brother-in-law and a “good man”.

“He’s a beautiful family man,” she said.

“I can’t believe it … we were together yesterday having a barbecue.”

She said the attack would shake the community “big time”.

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