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Younger brother of notorious gangster Bassam Hamzy shot dead

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 19/10/2020 00:16:42 Tita Smith For Daily Mail Australia
a man smiling for the camera: Mejid Hamzy, the younger brother of infamous gangster Bassam Hamzy (pictured) has been shot dead in Sydney's south-west © Provided by Daily MailMejid Hamzy, the younger brother of infamous gangster Bassam Hamzy (pictured) has been shot dead in Sydney's south-west

The younger brother of a notorious gang boss has been shot dead in an early morning attack, with riot police now swarming the area in the hunt for his killer.

Mejid Hamzy was killed in a suspected drive-by shooting on Simmat Avenue at Condell Park, in south-west Sydney, about 7.30am on Monday. 

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and paramedics rushed to the scene, but could not save him.

A burnt out car with shattered windows was found streets away and NSW Police Homicide Squad detectives are now leading the investigation. 

Mejid is the sibling of Bassam Hamzy, a convicted murderer and the founder of violent crime gang Brothers 4 Life. 

The gang boss is currently serving a combined maximum sentence of 40 years for a string of offences inside Goulburn Supermax, Australia's highest security prison. 

a group of baseball players standing on top of a car: Emergency services rushed to Simmat Avenue, in Condell Park, after a man was shot about 7.30am Monday © Provided by Daily MailEmergency services rushed to Simmat Avenue, in Condell Park, after a man was shot about 7.30am Monday a group of people riding on the back of a truck: A burnt out car could be seen parked on the suburban street with debris and shattered glass strewn on the street © Provided by Daily MailA burnt out car could be seen parked on the suburban street with debris and shattered glass strewn on the street

A large number of friends and family flocked to the scene on Monday morning as the news began to spread, with a woman in a head scarf pictured wiping away tears.

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One local told Daily Mail Australia she awoke to the sound of gun fire. 

'I heard about five gun shots at about 7.30 then about 15 minutes later heaps of sirens,' she said. 

'There were riot trucks driving up and down the street and a police helicopter.' 

The mother said shootings are common in the area and her family hears gun shots 'every couple of months'. 

She said she was not surprised by the sound and has kept her frightened children home from school for the day.

Underworld sources told Daily Mail Australia that despite the attention given to his older brother, Mejid was also 'well connected' in the crime world.

'Whoever pulled this stunt is a madman for sure. 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's death comes just months after his father Khaled died after a long battle with illness.

a man standing next to a car: A woman in a head scarf wiped back tears as emergency services swarmed the crime scene

A woman in a head scarf wiped back tears as emergency services swarmed the crime scene
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Khaled had himself done jail time in the 1990s for his involvement in a Sydney drug ring, but lived a quieter life in his later years.

He told Daily Mail Australia in 2018 of the difficulties his family had endured in their attempts to see their most notorious member Bassam during his years behind bars.

'I haven't seen him for nearly 12 or 13 years,' Mr Hamzy said in 2018, just moments after he saw his son on a TV screen inside Downing Centre District Court.

'The family's the same, they are always knocked (back). They put in a request and it's rejected... it's really unjust, we are meant to be a democratic country.

'His niece told him she wanted to come and visit him, but he said: "Look they are going to put me on box visits, it's hard for me to see you or hug you or kiss you".' 

Bassam still holds major influence in the activities of criminal networks a court heard earlier this year, including over killings, debt collections and extortion.

Details of Hamzy's reach were exposed in the trial of Abdul Abu-Mahmoud, who is accused of orchestrating the killing of 15-year-old Brayden Dillon who was allegedly shot as revenge for the murder of Hamzy's nephew.

Evidence was given in the trial by an underworld figure known as Witness F who said he was offered a contract to kill the 15-year-old by Hamzy through an intermediary.

He told the court he rejected the request but was offered other tasks - one of which was to collect debts on behalf of the imprisoned crime kingpin.

a person standing in front of a fence: A crime scene has been set up and a homicide investigation has been launched © Provided by Daily MailA crime scene has been set up and a homicide investigation has been launched a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Riot teams swarmed the area, with Simmat Avenue and Curtin Place closed in both direction © Provided by Daily MailRiot teams swarmed the area, with Simmat Avenue and Curtin Place closed in both direction

Despite him being dubbed one of Australia's worst inmates, Mr Hamzy defended his son's long record of bad behaviour since being jailed.

He claimed that his son is regularly targeted in prison and understandably reacts like any 'lion' would when threatened.

'He has nothing now, so of course he is always going to react and he's been in jail for a long time so it changes you I am sure,' Mr Hamzy said.

'But they try to make him out to be like a monster. They are always pushing him into a corner and if you push a lion into a corner they will attack you.'

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000. 

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