Detectives investigating Rami Iskander’s death in southwestern Sydney are pursuing multiple lines of inquiry, including whether he was the target for planning a revenge attack, the ABC has understood.
Most important points:
- Rami Iskander was fatally shot in front of his home in Belmore on Saturday morning
- Another line of investigation is whether Iskander was involved in the shooting of Comancheros Tarek Zahed and brother Omar last week.
- Police minister describes latest shooting as “treacherous crime”, vows crackdown on gang violence
Iskander was shot in front of his home on Knox Street in Belmore on Saturday, just before 4 a.m.
A line of inquiry under investigation is whether the 23-year-old was the target for avenging the fatal shooting of his uncle, underworld figure Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, who was gunned down in Greenacre last month.
Another theory is whether Iskander was involved in the shooting of senior Comanchero bikie Tarek Zahed, 41, and younger brother Omar at an Auburn gym last Tuesday.
Thirty-nine-year-old Omar died while his older brother is in stable condition in Westmead Hospital.
Senior detectives are also investigating whether all three attacks are related.
NSW Deputy Prime Minister and Police Secretary Paul Toole described the Belmore shooting as a “treacherous crime” and promised a crackdown on gang violence.
“Our police will stay on the scene, they will keep the pace and they will continue to bring these criminals to justice,” said Mr Toole.
“This is about retaliation for some of these gang wars in Sydney that we are seeing… but we are not going to tolerate this kind of behaviour.
Mr Toole said Operation Hawk – a police task force set up to tackle organized crime in Sydney – has resulted in more than 250 arrests and more than 800 indictments since its launch in October last year.
At least 11 people have died in gang-related crime in the state in less than two years.
Shadow Police Secretary Walt Secord has accused the state government of failing in its fight against organized crime.
“We have a situation in western Sydney where gang violence is rampant,” Secord said.
“Had this happened in the east or north coast of Sydney, the arrests would have been made long ago.”
Some residents of Belmore, where the deadly shooting took place on Saturday, called for more action by the police and the state government to stem the violence.
†[The police and the government] have to take it seriously now,” said one resident.
†[There’ve been] too much [killings]†
“I used to live in Guildford and that’s why I left Guildford, and now it’s the same story here.”
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