Former bikie boss
Mick Hawi shot in the face in Rockdale car park in Sydney's south
Former bikie boss Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi,
once convicted of the Sydney Airport murder of Anthony Zervas before the
charge was sensationally downgraded to manslaughter, has been shot in
the face in a targeted attack in Sydney's south.
Hawi was ambushed as he sat in a
four-wheel-drive inside the Fitness First car park on West Botany
Street, Rockdale, just after midday on Thursday.
Former Comanchero bikie boss Mick Hawi (right) arrives at court in
2015 on the manslaughter charge arising from the 2009 Sydney Airport
Photo: Edwina Pickles
Paramedics performed CPR on the
underworld figure as he was being rushed to St George Hospital. Police said the shooter fled in a
vehicle, which was last seen in Lindsay Street.
Police said they found Mick Hawi with a gunshot wound and he was taken
to hospital in a serious condition.
Photo: Peter Rae
A crime scene has been established.
NSW Ambulance Superintendent Greg
Price said Hawi was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived.
"Four paramedic units were on
scene within seven minutes," Superintendent Price said.
Mick Hawi was in cardiac arrest when
paramedics arrived. Photo: Peter Rae
"The scene was very confronting for
emergency service personnel. The paramedics performed their role to a
high standard. "I'd like to commend the paramedics
and other emergency service personnel involved in this incident for
their excellent work."
Paramedics performed CPR on the underworld figure as he was being rushed
to St George Hospital.
Photo: Peter Rae
Reshan Muthukrishna has operated a
physiotherapy clinic out of the gym for the past four years, where Hawi
has previously been treated for a shoulder injury.
Mr Muthukrishna was seeing a patient
inside the clinic when he heard "at least five" shots on Thursday.
"Around 12pm we heard some big bangs,
we thought it was some equipment being dropped. I stayed in the clinic
and my colleague ran out, it was just chaos," he said.
"Just pandemonium left, right and
centre ... people on the scene were trying to help him, administer CPR."
"He trained here, Mick trained here,
him and his crew. He was a regular here, he used to come once or twice a
Mr Muthukrishna described the incident as "tragic" and added that the
gym would now be closed for a few days while it remained a crime scene.
"I've got staff who are traumatised, so it's definitely not good for
In November 2011, Hawi was found
guilty of murdering bitter rival Zervas, 29, who was bludgeoned with a
bollard and stabbed in the chest and abdomen in the domestic departure
hall on March 22, 2009.
Hawi, the then national president of
the Comanchero motorcycle gang, was sentenced to a maximum of 28 years
in prison with a non-parole period of 21 years.
But in 2014 the NSW Court of Criminal
Appeal set aside the conviction and Hawi was subsequently allowed to
plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
He was sentenced to a maximum of six
years and two months, with a minimum non-parole period of three years
and six months.
He was released in 2015 to an address
in regional NSW after the State Parole Authority granted his freedom
subject to 22 conditions. More to come