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Auburn shooting: Comanchero bikie Tarek Zahed and brother Omar are shot at Sydney gym

Auburn shooting: Comanchero bikie Tarek Zahed and brother Omar are shot at Sydney gym 2

A prominent Commancheros bikie and his brother have been sprayed by bullets outside a Sydney gym – with one man dead and the other fighting for his life.

The gang’s national sergeant-at-arms Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot at 10 times outside Bodyfit Gym on Parramatta Road just after 8pm on Tuesday night.

One of the men was shot in the head while the other was hit by gunfire to the stomach, arms and legs. 

The pair were known to frequent the gym, with those close to Zahed warning him to alter his normal routine after a $1million bounty was placed on the head of the high-profile Commancheros member. 

Zahed, known as the ‘Balenciaga Bikie’, was arrested earlier this month and charged with charged with two counts of contravening serious crime prevention order as NSW Police continued its crackdown on organised crime.

A prominent Commancheros bikie and his brother have been sprayed by bullets outside a Sydney gym - with one man dead and the other fighting for his life

A prominent Commancheros bikie and his brother have been sprayed by bullets outside a Sydney gym – with one man dead and the other fighting for his life

Tarek Zahed (pictured) and his brother Omar were shot at 10 times outside Bodyfit Gym on Parramatta Road just after 8pm on Tuesday night

Tarek Zahed (pictured) and his brother Omar were shot at 10 times outside Bodyfit Gym on Parramatta Road just after 8pm on Tuesday night 

The gym's front door has been shattered with bullet holes after the men were shot at 10 times on Tuesday night

The gym’s front door has been shattered with bullet holes after the men were shot at 10 times on Tuesday night

The Zahed brothers (Tarek front, Omar back) were shot at the Bodyfit Gym in Aurburn on Tuesday night - with one dead and the other in a critical condition in Westmead Hospital

The Zahed brothers (Tarek front, Omar back) were shot at the Bodyfit Gym in Aurburn on Tuesday night – with one dead and the other in a critical condition in Westmead Hospital

So far there has been one fatality, but no confirmation of who has died. The other remains in critical condition at Westmead Hospital.

A spokesman for NSW Ambulance said first responders found Zahed and his brother with bullet wounds ‘all over their bodies’.

‘On our arrival we found two male patients… with multiple gunshot wounds to multiple regions of their bodies,’ Inspector Kevin McSweeney said.

‘They were both found to be in extremely critical conditions. At the scene we stabilised the patients as best we could.’ 

The man in critical condition was transported to hospital ‘still conscious and breathing’ despite having been hit by as many as 10 bullets. 

A white Audi stationwagon was found engulfed in flames in nearby Berala, with police investigating its links to the shooting.

Images from the scene show emergency services treating the victims, with large pools of blood visible on the ground.

Officers have cordoned off the street and traffic is being diverted away from the busy road in the city’s south-west. 

A white Audi stationwagon was found engulfed in flames nearby, with police investigating its links to the shooting

A white Audi stationwagon was found engulfed in flames nearby, with police investigating its links to the shooting

The 41-year-old Zahed had been widely tipped to be the next national president of the outlaw motorcycle club after former leader Mick Murray was also arrested last week (pictured being extradited from Melbourne to Sydney in March, 2021)

The 41-year-old Zahed had been widely tipped to be the next national president of the outlaw motorcycle club after former leader Mick Murray was also arrested last week (pictured being extradited from Melbourne to Sydney in March, 2021)

One of the men has died while the other remains in a critical condition - with a massive police presence currently on the scene in Auburn

One of the men has died while the other remains in a critical condition – with a massive police presence currently on the scene in Auburn

‘An investigation is underway following a fatal shooting in Sydney’s south-west this evening,’ NSW Police said in a statement.

‘Two men were treated on scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital in critical conditions.

‘Despite the efforts of emergency services, one of the men has since died.

‘Officers from Auburn Police Area Command established a crime scene and have commenced an investigation with the assistance of police attached to the State Crime Command’s Raptor and Criminal Groups Squads.

‘A police operation is currently underway on Parramatta Road at Auburn with local diversions in place. Police are advising the community to avoid the area.’ 

A woman sits with her head in her hand inside the gym on Parramatta Road in Auburn after a Commanchero leader and his brother were sprayed with bullets

A woman sits with her head in her hand inside the gym on Parramatta Road in Auburn after a Commanchero leader and his brother were sprayed with bullets

A man vapes while standing alongside police outside the Bodyfit Gym in Sydney's south-west

A man vapes while standing alongside police outside the Bodyfit Gym in Sydney’s south-west

Another man sits on a workout ball inside the gym as police cordone off the area around the fitness centre on Tuesday night

Another man sits on a workout ball inside the gym as police cordone off the area around the fitness centre on Tuesday night

One of the Zahed brothers had gone into cardiac arrest before paramedics could arrive, with Insp. McSweeney confirming one died at the scene.

‘Paramedics did everything they could but despite best efforts, he died at the scene,’ he said.

‘The second patient had been hit with up to 10 bullets and incredibly, was still conscious and breathing when we transported him to hospital.’

‘This was an horrific and confronting scene that unfolded in front of several witnesses, it is very fortunate no other members of the public were injured.’  

The national sergeant-at-arms for the Comancheros was brought down by police in Sydney and charged with two counts of contravening serious crime prevention order.

The 41-year-old had been widely tipped to be the next national president of the outlaw motorcycle club after former leader Mick Murray was also arrested last week. 

Police will allege that Zahed failed to notify officers of changes to his living arrangements while visiting NSW from Melbourne.    

Paramedics treat the men at the scene - with one confirmed dead and the other in a critical condition but so far it is not known who has died

Paramedics treat the men at the scene – with one confirmed dead and the other in a critical condition but so far it is not known who has died

So far there has been one fatality, but no confirmation who has died. The other remains in critical condition

So far there has been one fatality, but no confirmation who has died. The other remains in critical condition

Tarek Zahed (pictured being extradited from Melbourne to Sydney in March, 2021) has an extensive criminal past that includes stints behind bars

Tarek Zahed (pictured being extradited from Melbourne to Sydney in March, 2021) has an extensive criminal past that includes stints behind bars

Zahed, his brothers Abdul and Omar and their associate Raouf Mousawel were also busted by police breaking lockdown laws in August last year after they were spotted walking in Drummoyne in the city’s inner-west about 2am.

The men allegedly became angry when police questioned why they were outside, and claimed they lived together and were ‘just exercising’. 

Abdul and Omar Zahed are believed to live in Yagoona in Sydney’s south-west – more than 20km away from where they were allegedly spotted by police.

Public health orders ban anyone in Greater Sydney from travelling more than 5km from their home for exercise.

Tarek Zahed had been living within 5km of the Bay Run but was alleged to have broken lockdown rules by exercising with more than one other person. The group were expected to see a total of $14,000 in fines for the incident.

Tarek Zahed (centre), 40, is seen on CCTV at exclusive restaurant, a’Mare, in the Sydney casino the night he was captured attacking a man in 2021

Tarek Zahed (centre), 40, is seen on CCTV at exclusive restaurant, a’Mare, in the Sydney casino the night he was captured attacking a man in 2021

The Comanchero enforcer, who was regularly seen wearing high-end designer clothing, once told journalists outside of court he wanted the record to state about one of his offences. 

He then said he was wearing a Versace shirt and not Gucci as some stories wrongly depicted.

In another high-profile incident at the at the swanky a’Mare restaurant, in Sydney’s Barangaroo casino, CCTV footage captured Zahed punching another man in the bathroom. 

During the assault on this occasion, he was wearing a Balenciaga shirt, earning his nickname ‘Balenciaga Bikie’.

Recently family members had encouraged Zahed to stop living his flashy and public lifestyle after a bounty was placed on the head of the man set to take over the violent group.

The 41-year-old was the frontrunner due to his close relationship with exiled drug lord Mark Buddle and links to criminals in both NSW and Victoria. 

An unlikely union had recently formed between the Alameddine family and the Commancheros, with Zahed under increasing pressure from arch-rivals the Hamzy crew.

The Balenciaga Bikie’s life of crime:

1995: Tarek Zahed was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting arrest and assaulting police.

2001: Police charged Zahed after he used a dog to attack someone. He spent eight months in periodic detention.

2004: Zahed spent five years behind bars after stomping on a man’s skull over a drug feud. The victim suffered brain damage. 

2009: Zahed becomes a hang-around of the Comanchero bikie club.

2011: A wild running street battle saw multiple men stabbed and Zahed’s associate shot with a nail gun before the Balenciaga Bikie fired four bullets from a moving car hitting a man in the ear and shoulder.  

He was sentenced to eight years prison, with a non parole period of five years. 

2012: Zahed became a fully patched member of the Comancheros.  

2020: Police are made aware that Zahed is now the national Sergeant At Arms of the outlaw motorcycle club.  

Zahed is convicted for dealing with the proceeds of crime after withdrawing thousands of dollars hidden in family member’s bank accounts. 

2021: He is caught on camera at Barangaroo in Sydney punching a man.  

Zahed leaves Australia for Lebanon. 

2022: Arrested and charged with two counts of contravening serious crime prevention order

Shot at 10 times outside gym in Auburn 

Source: NSW Supreme Court records 

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