Crime figure shot dead in Sydney CBD

A well-known crime figure has been shot dead in a suspected gangland execution in Sydney’s CBD.

The victim is believed to Bilal Hamze, the cousin of notorious gang leader Bassam Hamzy.

Police were called to Bridge Street, near George Street, about 10.25pm yesterday after Hamze was gunned down.

Police are hunting a gunman after a man was shot dead in Sydney CBD. (Nine)
Bilal Hamze was a well-known crime figure.
Bilal Hamze was a well-known crime figure. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Paramedics rushed him to St Vincent’s Hospital but he died shortly after.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the shooter was still on the loose.

Police said the man, who was treated at the scene, had not been formally identified but 9News understands it is Hamze.

The man was fatally shot in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. (Nine)
The incident had all the signs of an execution-style shooting. (Nine)
Eight years ago, Hamze’s mother — Hamzy’s aunt — survived an attempt on her life while at her own Auburn home. 

Maha Hamze suffered eight bullet wounds to her hip and legs when at least 21 shots were fired from a Glock pistol into her Auburn home in Sydney’s west.

A man, who could not be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of attempted murder in October 2014.

Hamzy is currently locked up in Australia’s toughest prison, Goulburn Supermax, convicted of murder and trying to run a drug syndicate from his cell.

He has been in prison, where he started B4L after converting to radical Islam, for almost two decades, having been jailed for the 1998 murder of a teenager, Kris Toumazis, outside a Sydney nightclub.

Police established Hamzy had used the phone to organise two kidnappings and a drive-by shooting and in 2017, prison officers found a flash drive containing Islamic State material during a targeted search for a phone in his cell.
Brothers 4 Life gang founder Hamzy was convicted of the 1998 murder of a teenager outside a Sydney nightclub.
Brothers 4 Life gang founder Bassam Hamzy was convicted of the 1998 murder of a teenager outside a Sydney nightclub. (Supplied)

His brother Mejid Hamzy was shot dead in October as he left his Condell Park home.

In the wake of that murder, police restricted the movements of more than 20 people in an effort to prevent retaliation attacks.

Mahmoud Hamzy — another cousin — was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in his Revesby Heights garage in 2013.

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