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Detectives fear Sydney‘s underworld is set to explode with a fresh series of tit for tat reprisals after kingpin Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad – aka ‘Mr Big’ – was gunned down in a suburban street.
The notorious gangster boss was shot dead about 9.30pm on Wednesday night. A $1 million bounty was placed on his head after he walked free from jail six months ago for killing a gangland rival.
Ahmad had dodged another attempt on his life when he was tipped off about a planned hit on him in broad daylight at a park at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney’s east.
Police warned Ahmad away from the park last October for fear of a bloodbath shootout with the rival Alameddine clan at the picturesque spot overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Detectives fear Sydney’s underworld is set to explode in a series of tit for tat reprisals after kingpin Mr Big Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad was gunned down in a suburban street
The notorious gangster boss died after a $1 million bounty was put on his head when he walked free from five years in jail for killing a gangland rival
They told him the gang had put the price on his head and warned him to steer clear of the park because of the danger to bystanders.
Now police fear Ahmad’s execution in Greenacre overnight will spark yet another escalation in the bloody gang war on Sydney’s streets.
Ahmad was shot outside a home on Narelle Crescent about 9.30pm Wednesday.
‘It was four banging noises at 9.32pm,’ one local resident told Nine’s Today show. ‘And then I heard a car drive off. It just drove off normally – it didn’t drive off quickly.
‘There’s always things happening in Greenacre – that’s just the way it is.’
Paramedics tried to treat Ahmad but he died at the scene. The gunman fled the scene with a Porsche four-wheel-drive and a black BMW found both found on fire a short time later.
Police have ‘multiple’ crime scenes.
Ahmad had only recently been released from prison after serving five years for the manslaughter of another underworld figure at a Sydney scrap yard in 2016.
Police had warned Ahmad (pictured left) of a million dollar contract on him before he was shot dead on Wednesday night
Multiple police vehicles attend the scene at Greenacre, Sydney (pictured) after a man was killed in a hail of bullets
A burnt-out Porsche 4WD was found in Greenacre shortly after the shooting (pictured)
Firefighters contained the blaze (pictured) and it is unconfirmed if the two incidents are linked
In a statement on Thursday morning, the NSW Police Force said they were investigating after ‘reports of a public place shooting’
Police said the Homicide Squad, Criminal Groups and Raptor Squads were also in attendance and investigating.
‘Inquiries are also underway to determine whether two vehicles which were located on fire in Greenacre and Belmore are related to this incident.’
Ahmad pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Safwan Charbaji in 2016 shortly after returning to Australia from Lebanon where he fled in the aftermath.
He served five years in prison and was only released six months ago.
The chaotic scene at Greenacre in southwest Sydney on Wednesday night (pictured)
NSW Police had previously warned Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmed there was a contract out on him (pictured: the scene at Narelle Cres Greenacre)
‘Brownie’ Ahmed refused to leave Sydney despite the danger he was facing
Bystanders gather in the street (pictured) after word of the shooting spread and hoards of police and emergency services vehicles arrived
Charbaji was shot in a gunfight outside a south-west Sydney smash repair business owned by Ahmed’s brother Walid ‘Wally’ Ahmed.
Wally Ahmad was himself shot dead in a hail of bullets on the rooftop carpark of Bankstown Centro shopping centre weeks later – sparking a gangland war that would claim another four lives.
Ahmed being arrested by police in 2016 after touching down in Sydney airport from Lebanon where he fled in the aftermath the gunfight at a smash repair business
Ahmad pleaded guilty to the manslughter of Safwan Charbaji (pictured), 32, who was shot outside a smash repairs business in southwest Sydney in 2016
Multiple police stand guard at the crime scene with the Criminal Groups and Raptor Squads also in attendance (pictured)
Afterwards he briefly left Sydney for the Middle East and when he returned had been surrounding himself with allies in a bid for protection.
Since 2020, NSW Police have focused considerable resources on a gangland war between the Alameddine and Hamzy groups which has seen at least seven people killed.
After a number of arrests and top-level Alameddine enforcer Masood Zakaria fleeing overseas the war appeared to have quietened.
But Ahmad’s death could ignite a new blood-feud police will have to contend with.
Officers speak to bystanders after the shooting in Sydney’s west on Wednesday (pictured)
Police sources previously told Daily Mail Australia the organisations target vulnerable teenagers from an early age, luring them into the underworld with the promise of cash, infamy and a sense of belonging.
‘They get them young,’ the source said.
‘These kids are usually the ones stealing the cars, pushing the drugs. It’s insidious.’
It’s alleged the chosen youths have ‘stealing cars down to an art’ and hand them over to the senior members accused of carrying out or soliciting hits on their enemies.
Raptor detectives often find one – sometimes several – burnt out stolen cars when they arrive at a crime scene linked to the Hamzys or Alameddines.
NSW Police assistant commissioner Peter Thurtell previously said there was no doubt the ongoing gang wars on the streets of western Sydney are drug related.
‘They are organised criminal groups targeting each other,’ Asst Comm Thurtell said.
THE TIMELINE OF SYDNEY’S BLOODY GANGLAND WAR
MAY 2007 – Prison officers find notes in Bassam Hamzy’s Lithgow jail cell referring to the Brothers 4 Life bikie gang for the first time
OCTOBER 2012 – Tensions between the Bankstown and Blacktown chapters of B4L blow up with the shooting of Yehye Amood, 27 and Bassim Hijazi. Amood is killed but Hijazi survives and flees to Lebanon
MARCH 9, 2013 – Bassam Hamzy’s aunt Maha Hamze is shot eight times in the legs, but survives, in a reprisal attack for her son Ashkan Rajabi demanding money from another gang member’s mother
JULY 2013 – Ashkan Rajabi and Bilal Hamze survive an assassination attempt in Wenworthville
OCTOBER 29, 2013 – Mahmoud Hamzy – cousin of Bassim Hamzy – shot dead in Revesby Heights. Five B4L members were later charged with the murder
NOVEMBER 3, 2013 – B4L member Michael Odisho shot but survives
NOVEMBER 4, 2013 – Masood Zakaria – an Alameddine associate – survives shooting attempt but his 13 year old sister is injured by shotgun pellets
DECEMBER 16, 2013 – Standover man Joe Antoun shot dead in Strathfield
JANUARY 1, 2014 – Farhad Qaumi shot at as his yacht pulls into Rose Bay Marina in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs (pictured) after the NYE fireworks
DECEMBER 11, 2014 – Bassam Hamzy’s mother Lola Hamzy was shot through her front door in Auburn
APRIL 9, 2016 – Safwan Charbaji – a relative of Alameddine associates – shot dead outside a smash repair shop in Condell Park
APRIL 29. 2016 – Wally Ahmad – associate of the Hamzy family – shot dead in Bankstown
OCTOBER 25, 2016 – Hamad Assad executed in Georges Hall. Assad was suspected of killing Ahmad
MARCH 20, 2017 – Hell’s Angel bikie Kemel Barakat is shot dead at home in Mortdale
MARCH 28, 2017 – Emed Sleiman is shot dead in his car park in Auburn. He was suspected of killing Barakat
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alameddines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot up in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn
MARCH 12, 2021 – A home linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot up
JUNE 17, 2021 – Bilal Hamze is shot dead outside Mr Wong’s restaurant in Sydney’s CBD
JUNE 18, 2021 – Bilal Hamze was killed in a “brutal, execution-style murder” in Sydney’s CBD
AUGUST 6, 2021 – Alameddine low-level associate Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gangland hit on Ibrahem Hamze when they spot stolen Mercedes in North Sydney
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are gunned down outside their home in Guildford
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford home of Alameddine associate. No-one is hurt
JANUARY 6, 2022 – Brother of Bassam Hamzy, Ghassan Amoun, is shot dead at 35 years of age in a brazen daylight execution as he sat in a BMW outside an apartment building in Western Sydney.
APRIL, 4, 2022 – ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a million-dollar bounty on his head for his role in deadly shooting in Greenacre.
Police at the scene of the double murder of Salim and Toufik Hamze in Guildford