Heavy police presence in south west Sydney after shooting of gang member's brother
There is a heavy police presence across south-west Sydney this morning after the brother of a notorious gangster was shot and killed outside his home.
The father staggered to a friend's house nearby to try and to get help after being shot in Curtin Place at 7.30am yesterday, but died at the scene.
Police believe the gunmen lay in wait for the victim, and shot him outside his home.
The riot squad has been walking up and down the streets, amid fears the shooting could spark a crime war.
NSW Police Superintendent Darren Sly yesterday said detectives are investigating the shooting as well as a burned out car in nearby Yagoona, which the assassins may have used to escape.
"Two males were seen running from the location," Superintendent Sly said.
"It would appear that those two males ... have been waiting for the male to leave his house.
"Police are always worried in circumstances like this, when we have a public shooting, that there could be repercussions," he said.
Bassam Hamzy is currently imprisoned at Goulburn Correctional Centre – Australia's supermaximum jail.
Hamzy has been in prison for more than two decades after he was jailed for the murder of a teenager, Kris Toumazis, outside a Sydney nightclub in 1998.
Since his murder conviction, Hamzy has also been found guilty of running a drug ring from his cell.
He was also involved in a brawl with fellow high-profile inmate Talal Alameddine in October last year.