An executed bikie had a nasty clash with the mother of a Comanchero’s boss weeks before he was gunned down in a hail of bullets in front of his wife.
Yusuf Nazlioglu was rushed to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital at about 6.30 pm on Monday with about ten bullet wounds after the unidentified killer opened fire in the parking complex under his apartment in Rhodes, in the city’s west.
Police later confirmed the 40-year-old died in hospital about 7.15am on Tuesday.
Now, underworld sources have revealed Nazlioglu had a run-in with the mother of Mick Hawi, who was shot dead outside Fitness First Gym at Rockdale in February 2018, at a cemetery.
Nazlioglu had once been accused of murdering Hawi, the former president of the Comancheros bikie gang, but was acquitted by an NSW Supreme Court jury two years ago.
Yusuf Nazlioglu, 40, was gunned down in his Rhodes apartment complex on Monday in front of his wife of four months, Jade (pictured together)
Daily Mail Australia does not suggest that any of Hawi’s relatives were involved in Nazlioglu’s death.
‘Juries get it wrong, he pulled the trigger (to kill Hawi), we all know that,’ one underworld source told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Hawi was a very popular figure in the Comos (Comanchero OMCG), especially after the way he gave himself up for the airport brawl.
‘There’s a lot of guys out there that would still be loyal to him.’
Other sources claimed Nazlioglu had also recently stirred trouble with a member of a well-known Sydney crime family after stealing his Bentley.
They said vehicle was one of several luxury cars the former Lone Wolf bikie had stolen and then extorted.
One source said Sydney was a dangerous place at the moment and was ‘only a matter of time’ before Nazlioglu was killed.
Daily Mail Australia understands the gunman was waiting in a silver hatchback for Nazlioglu to get out of the car before he unleashed on the underworld figure.
Nazlioglu was once accused of killing former Comanchero bikie boss Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi (pictured), who was shot in front of a gym in 2018
Emergency services cart Nazlioglu out of the Rhodes building on Monday after he was shot up to ten times in the head and chest
Police towed a black Mercedes from the carpark on Tuesday morning. The car had a large bullet hole
Pictured: The basement carpark where Nazlioglu was gunned down on Monday
His wife Jade, to whom he had only been married four months, frantically rang the police.
The shooter fled the scene, and the hatchback was later found burnt out in nearby Leeds St.
Detective Superintendent Martin Hayston said detectives believe the attack was ‘targeted’.
‘The person who approached the 40-year-old male and shot him clearly was there to do that, there is various lines of inquiry underway in relation to motive,’ he said.
Nazlioglu’s death marked the end of a six-week run without a fatal shooting in Sydney as the city grapples with a bloody underworld war, with at least 14 men gunned down over the past two years.
Detectives say at this stage in the investigation the assassination does not appear to be linked to the feud between the Alameddine of Hamzy networks.
Plain-clothed detectives arrived at the scene throughout Tuesday morning, as the investigation into the senseless killing continues.
Residents said Mrs Nazlioglu was seen wailing in the foyer and saying ‘why did they have to kill him’ as emergency service tried to save her husband.
Yusuf Nazlioglu is pictured with his wife in April. The couple got married in January
Bodies have been piling up in the Harbour City in the past 18 months with at least a dozen contract killings linked to the bitter feud between the Hamzy and Alameddine crime clans
One man who lives over the road from the car park where the underworld figure was murder told Daily Mail Australia he had his balcony door open when gunshots were fired, but didn’t hear a thing.
‘There’s a loud motorbike in that car park that I always hear, but last night I didn’t hear gunshots or anything.
‘It must have been pretty stealthy.
‘I realised something happened when the riot squad turned up with five or six police cars.’
When asked how he felt about a shooting so close to his home, the young man said ‘I don’t really care.’
‘They’re all gangs – obviously they’re being targeted for a reason,’ – but he declined to be named for fear of repercussions.