Police at the scene of Tuesday’s fatal shooting. Photo: TNV News A distraught friend or relative is comforted at the scene in Sturt Avenue. Photo: TNV News
Crime figure Walid “Wally” Ahmad, who was killed outside Bankstown Central shopping centre in April. Photo: Supplied
Hamad Assaad, 29, was a key suspect in the shooting of Wally Ahmad at a Bankstown shopping centre. Photo: Supplied
The crime scene after Tuesday morning’s shooting. Photo: TNV News
Georges Hall shooting vicitm Hamad Assaad (right) Photo: Supplied
Wally Elriche the former bodyguard of Salim Mehajer at the scene of Tuesday’s shooting Photo: Supplied
Georges Hall shooting vicitm Hamad Assaad. Photo: Facebook
Six months after standover man Walid “Wally” Ahmad was gunned down in a brazen and very public execution, the man suspected of pulling the trigger has suffered a similar fate.
Hamad Assaad, 29, had been on the police radar after he was identified as a key suspect in the death of Mr Ahmad, who was shot as he sat in a cafe outside Bankstown Central shopping centre in April.
Investigators believe Mr Assaad was aligned to a rival family, which some of the Ahmads had been pitted against after another shooting outside Wally Ahmad’s smash repairs in Sydney’s south-west.
“He was on the other team,” one source put it.
It is not yet certain whether Mr Assaad’s death was in response to his widely rumoured role in the death of Mr Ahmad, who was at the helm of one of south-west Sydney’s infamous families.
Investigators suspect two gunmen and a driver were lying in wait in a black car near Mr Assaad’s Georges Hall home on Tuesday morning for him to emerge.
At about 9.20am, he walked out of his family’s Sturt Avenue home with a 12-year-old boy, whom he was about to drive somewhere.
After moving one car from the garage, Mr Assaad was getting into another when two gunmen opened fire.
A succession of bullets were fired from two handguns, in full view of the horrified 12-year-old, before the gunmen jumped into a black car and sped off.
“This is a targeted shooting,” Homicide Squad Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said.
“These individuals obviously wanted to kill him, there is no doubt about that.”
Mr Assaad was shot “many” times, police say, and despite attempts to revive him he died on his driveway.
Neighbours said they heard a rapid succession of up to six gunshots, which sounded like they came from a semi-automatic weapon.
“I was about to go in mum’s car and I heard boom boom boom,” said the daughter of Sturt Avenue resident Sonya Aleksandrova.
“I was like, ‘Mummy, mummy shut everything please hide, shut the doors, shut the windows’.”
Mr Assaad’s mother emerged from their home, hysterical, after the shooting to find her bloodied son. Traumatic scenes followed.
Many relatives and friends flocked to the taped-off crime scene throughout the day, with one man caught jumping into the Assaad home back yard.
Wally Elriche, the one-time bodyguard for Salim Mehajer, was among a small group of men circled by police at the rear of the Assaad home.
He was not arrested but another man was loaded into the back of a police truck and taken away.
At another side of the crime scene, Mr Assaad’s distraught grandmother demanded officers let her past the police tape.
“They won’t let me see my son’s son,” she said.
“He hasn’t done anything at all. Go catch the drug dealers, gun dealers, they are killing people.”
The latest shooting has fuelled concerns about retaliation, with the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad part of the push to try to quell those concerns.
“We are always concerned about any potential retaliation from events like this,” Inspector Taylor said.
An obvious line of inquiry for police is whether Mr Assaad, a well-known figure in the south-west criminal community, was killed in retribution to Wally Ahmad’s demise.
However, police stressed they were keeping all avenues open.
Mr Assaad had previously escaped a conviction for the murder of Mohamad Alahmad, 37, who was shot six times as he sat in his BMW in the driveway of his South Granville home in 2007.
It was alleged at the time that Mr Alahmad’s ex-wife was in a relationship with crime boss Nasser Kalache but had started talking to Mr Alahmad about a possible reconciliation.
Mr Assaad was then under orders to kill Mr Alahmad with another man.
He beat the charge and was found not guilty in 2010.
In the wake of his death, a friend revealed Mr Assaad had run for Kalache for years.
“He was too wild for his own good,” he said.
“He was a really nice kid but you could direct him [to do something].”
The Homicide Squad now has three murder investigations in 2016 with possible links to the Ahmad family conflict.
It started with the shooting of Safwan Charbaji, 32, outside Wally Ahmad’s Condell Park smash repairs in April.
The conflict erupted between members of the Elmir and Ahmad family over a bizarre $100,000 kidnapping plan.
Mr Charbaji was killed and another man was shot in the jaw but survived.
Wally’s brother, Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, is one of a handful of men police suspect used a gun that day. He travelled to Lebanon after the shooting.
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