Sydney bikie Tarek Zahed learnt of bounty on his head from newspaper: lawyer

The lawyer for a heavyweight Comancheros targeted in a gangland shooting that killed his brother, says Tarek Zahed first learned of a bounty on his head in a newspaper article, with police now probing a “long line of suspects”.

Tarek, 41, and Omar Zahed, 39, were walking through the foyer of Auburn’s Bodyfit gym on Tuesday night when at least two gunmen sprayed the duo with dozens of bullets. Omar died at the scene, while Tarek, a married father of one, survived despite being shot in the head, body and legs.

Comanchero member Tarek Zahed (centre) and his brother Omar were shot at an Auburn gym on Tuesday night.

Comanchero member Tarek Zahed (centre) and his brother Omar were shot at an Auburn gym on Tuesday night.Credit:Kate Gerahy

He underwent surgery on Wednesday and remains intubated in hospital in a stable condition. His long-term prognosis is unknown.

The week before he was shot, The Daily Telegraph reported Tarek was the latest underworld figure to attract a $1 million bounty. In October last year, it was reported that a similar $1 million bounty was on offer for the killer of underworld figure Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad. Last month, Ahmad was gunned down in a hail of bullets outside a Greenacre home by two gunmen lying in wait.

Tarek’s lawyer Mohammed Chahine says the news article this month was the first his client heard about the bounty; new State Crime Command boss Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said the duo had been warned they were marked men “countless other times”.

Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, inset, was shot dead in Greenacre last month.

Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, inset, was shot dead in Greenacre last month.

No arrests have been made for either shooting, with Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty on Thursday saying police were examining if the Zaheds were

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victims of an internal conflict within the Comancheros bikie gang or had been targeted as part of Sydney’s ongoing gang violence. The gangland feud being playing out predominantly in Sydney’s south-west has claimed six lives in the last 12 months.

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