About 12.10 this afternoon, NSW
Ambulance paramedics responded to reports of a man with a gunshot wound
NSW Ambulance Superintendent Greg
Price said the man was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived.
“Four paramedic units were on scene
within seven minutes,” Supt. Price said.
“The patient was transported to
hospital within six minutes from arrival on scene.
“The scene was very confronting for
emergency service personnel. The paramedics performed their role to a
Police are investigating if a car
destroyed by fire only a kilometre from the shooting is linked.
Firefighters were called to Chandler St, Kogarah at 12.10pm.
A NSW Fire and Rescue spokeswoman said
fire also damaged a nearby garage.
Police are maintaining a strong
presence outside St George Hospital Emerency with numerous public order
and riot officers in attendance.
Police were stopping every car
entering the emergency carpark and speaking with the driver.
A group of six public order and riot
squad officers are guarding the emergency ambulance bay as family and
friends continue to arrive at the hospital where Hawi is on life
Owner of IYN Physiotherapy Reshan
Mutukrishna said he heard at least “four bangs” just after 12pm but
didn’t take any notice as the gymgoers “liked to get attention”.
“We heard a loud bang, bangs
repetitively — I just thought it was someone dropping the weights in the
gym as you would expect,” he said.
“Then I heard a lot of commotion, a
lot of screaming, a lot of shouting but I didn’t take too much notice I
thought maybe someone had fallen in the gym.”
The physiotherapist went outside and
saw a crowd had already gathered to attend to the wounded man with
emergency services arriving and the gym “going into lockdown”.
Mr Mutukrishna said “Mick” was a
regular at the gym and that his colleague had treated him previously,
but that he didn’t know him personally.
“It’s shocking, it’s sad I guess, but
it’s not surprising,” he said.
The former president of the Comanchero
motorcycle gang, Hawi was imprisoned in 2012 for his role in the
infamous Sydney Airport brawl in which his gang stabbed and bludgeoned
rival bikie Anthony Zervas to death in the domestic departures hall.
Hawi was originally found guilty of
murder, but his conviction was overturned on appeal and he plead guilty
to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
He was released in 2015 after a board
approved his parole based on his “satisfactory prison performance”.
Conditions of his bail included him
not associating with outlaw motorcycle gangs, or frequenting bikie-owned
He was also not to possess a firearm
or use illegal drugs.
Hawi began his relationship with his
wife, Carolina Gonzales, in 1995 while they were both still at school.
In 2002 they were married and have two sons together aged 8 and 2½.
Their second son was born shortly
after Hawi was arrested for murder and remanded in custody.
Prior to his incarceration they were
living together at their home at Bexley.
A Fitness First spokesman said:
“Fitness First is aware that a shooting occurred in the car park outside
its Rockdale gym this morning, Thursday 15 February. We are fully
complying with the police investigation and as a result we have closed
this facility until further notice. Due to the nature of the ongoing
investigation we are unable to provide further details at this time. Our
priority is ensuring our staff and members are provided the right
support at this time.”