The bikie boss assassinated in broad daylight after a workout was strangely not accompanied by his bodyguards when he was killed.
Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi unusually left his security behind when he headed to Fitness First in Rockdale, Sydney on Thursday.
After his workout he got into his luxury Mercedes SUV alone and rolled down the window before a masked assassin emptied six bullets into his face and neck.
Gym goers said Hawi usually had three men with him but there was no-one standing by his body after his death.
‘It’s a little bit weird, now it’s all starting to make sense, like, he used to be with two or three guys but yesterday he was by himself,’ Ali Gulzary told the Daily Telegraph.
The security lapse seems unlike the 37-year-old former Comancheros president, who travelled in bulletproof vehicles after surviving assassination when a bullet lodged in his car’s headrest outside an Italian restaurant in 2007.
Police are investigating why a bikie boss assassinated in broad daylight was not accompanied by his bodyguards when he was killed. Pictured: Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi
Hawi, 37, was shot by a masked gunman as he got into his luxury Mercedes SUV (pictured) at Fitness First in Rockdale, Sydney after midday on Thursday
Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi is pictured with his wife Carolina Gonzaelz, who he started dating in High School
Retired NSW detective chief superintendent Brian Harding said Hawi’s refusal to change his routine – despite reports of a bounty being placed on his head – made him an easy target.
‘It would seem as if the murder yesterday of Hawi would be in part due to his own arrogance,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.
‘It would seem as if he had a routine, and a well-known routine at that, which the shooters knew so they just turned up and took him down according to that regular routine.’
Harding said he believes at least three people were involved in the murder of the former Comanchero president, which bears all the hallmarks of a paid hit.
He questioned whether all three would remain loyal if arrested and questioned over the matter.
‘I know from experience that circumstances change and one of the murder team might strike a hurdle and want to cut some sort of a deal to avoid a lengthy jail sentence and will inform on his co-offenders,’ he said.
Retired NSW detective chief superintendent Brian Harding today said Hawi’s refusal to change his routine – despite reports of a bounty being placed on his head – made him an easy target. Pictured: Hawi
Harding said he believes at least three people were involved in the murder, which bears all the hallmarks of a paid hit. Pictured: The car ridden with bullets
A balaclava-wearing assailant fired multiple bullets at the father-of-two at about 12.10pm Pictured: Alleged suspects fleeing the scene
Police are still none the wiser as to why Hawi was killed. Theories include that he was caught up in in-fighting after refusing to re-join the Comanchero gang or that he was targeted by a rival group.
‘It could be as easy as him saying something to the wrong person,’ a senior police source told the Sydney Morning Herald.
The paper also reported that the gym where Hawi was killed has been affected by gang-related violence before, with a mass fight between Comancheros and a rival gang erupting there in 2008.
Staff were allegedly even told by police not to sack a Comanchero fitness trainer in case of repercussions. The AFP declined to comment.
It comes after the mother of a Hells Angels associate who was killed by Hawi said the bikie boss finally ‘got what he deserved’ after he was shot dead on Thursday.
Fredericka Bromwich commended the ‘boys’ who executed Hawi outside a gym in Sydney’s south after her son, Anthony Zervas, was bludgeoned to death at Sydney Airport in 2009.
‘Mick Hawi got what he deserved, and good on those boys who did it,’ she told Seven News.
‘It’s karma, because what you do in life, comes back to haunt you.’
A masked gunman opened fire on the former Comancheros president, 37, at Fitness First in Rockdale about 12.10pm.
Hawi died hours after being taken to hospital in a critical condition where he was reportedly ‘brain dead’.
He was found guilty in 2011 of murdering 29-year-old Anthony Zervas inside Sydney Airport – bashing him with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs.
He served time in prison for his role in the killing, however, his murder conviction was quashed in 2014.
Hawi was found guilty in 2011 of murdering 29-year-old Anthony Zervas (pictured) inside Sydney Airport – bashing him with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs
Witnesses said Hawi yelled: ‘You’re dead. You’re f***ing dead. Next time we see you, you’re going to have bullet holes through you’ (airport crime scene pictured)
The melee was described in court as an ‘explosion of violence’ – featuring a flurry of punches and stabbings, ending in Zervas being knifed in the chest and bludgeoned to death with a 17kg steel bollard.
‘You’re a dead man, you’re f***ing dead,’ witnesses recalled underworld figure Hawi screaming at the rival group.
‘Next time we see you, you’re going to have bullet holes through you. You are a dead man walking’.
Shocked passengers watched as the deadly ‘all in brawl’ unfolded in front of them. The incident, which sparked international headlines, led to a nationwide crackdown on bikie activities.
Former Bikie boss Mahmoud Hawi (L) arriving with his lawyer at the Supreme Court in Sydney, November 28, 2014
The two gang members had a history dating back to when they were at school with each other, but it did not stop the fight on March 22, 2009 (pictured)
A shot of Sydney Airport following the violent fracas in the terminal in 2009
Hawi was running a car detailing company when he was taken into custody. He had been president of the Comancheros since 2002 but was replaced after going into police custody.
Daily Mail Australia understands he was freed in early 2016. He has two sons aged in their primary school years.
Hawi had kept a low profile since his release – that was until he opened the door of his luxury Mercedes SUV Thursday and was critically injured by a hail of bullets.
The brazen daylight shooting has sparked fears there could be a resurgence in street gang wars as police investigate the former bikie’s connections