The sergeant-at-arms of the Comancheros has been spotted for the first time in public after he was struck by a number of bullets in an assassination attempt which claimed the life of his younger brother.
The Comancheros bikie boss who survived being peppered with almost a dozen bullets in a gangland shooting three months ago is back in the public again.
Tarek Zahed, 42, and his brother Omar, 39, were standing in Bodyfit gym in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, on May 11 when more than 20 shots were fired into the foyer.
The sergeant-at-arms was rushed to hospital after being hit at least ten times in the head, stomach, legs and arms, while his sibling died in a pool of his own blood.
New Comanchero National President Allan Meehan shared the first images of Tarek – who is believed to have relocated to Melbourne last month to free himself from a NSW Police control order – on Instagram.
One image showed the bikie boss, dressed in a black Fendi jumper and sunglasses, while pointing his finger next to four tattooed men, including Meehan.
“Welcome back Tarek ‘hard2kill’ Zahed,” the caption read.
Another photo posted onto his Instagram story showed the president kissing Tarek on the cheek with “God bless the sarg” written on the snap.
The group were at a fancy establishment having dinner and indulging on different types of alcohol after watching a martial arts fight.
Comanchero President Allan Meehan (second from right) shared this image to his Instagram story of bikie boss Tarek Zahed (second from left) months after he was shot ten times. Picture: Instagram
Zahed is believed to have relocated down to Melbourne after he was dispatched from a Sydney hospital last month. Picture: Instagram
Tarek, who was also shot in the right eye, had no signs of scarring on his face and appeared in good spirits despite nearly losing his life.
A source revealed a week after the shooting that his life would likely be severely impacted as he was already near-blind in his left eye.
“He had an incident years ago that means vision in his left eye is only 20 to 30 per cent,” they told The Daily Telegraph.
“So with him likely being blind in his right eye now, he will be almost completely unable to see.”
Tarek’s brother Omar, who he was at the gym with that night, died in a pool of his own blood at the scene while he was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Picture: John Grainger
The shooting happened inside the foyer of Bodyfit gym in the western Sydney suburb of Auburn in May. Picture: John Grainger
The 42-year-old had ignored warnings from NSW Police one week before the shooting he was in imminent danger and there was a a bounty over his head.
One underworld source claimed it was worth between $1 million and $7 million.
“They warned him the other week: ‘Stop going to the gym, change your routine’, but he didn’t listen. They are fuming,” they said.
There have been 15 murders related to gang violence in the past two years.
Police fear the assassins rulebook has been thrown out after gangster mum Lametta Fadlallah and her innocent friend Amy Hazouri became the first female victims.
Fadlallah and Ms Hazouri were shot and killed while sitting in a car outside a Panania home in Sydney’s south-west ahead of an engagement party on August 13.
Gangster mum Lametta Fadlallah was killed last week after being assassinated while sitting in a vehicle outside her south-west Sydney home. Picture: Damian Shaw
NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole said police have struggled to solve most of the cases due to a “code of silence” from those who were in the criminal circles or distantly linked.
“These people are behind the scenes, their families are involved, and they’re actually going through a code of silence,” he said last week after the Panania shooting.
“Nobody is talking.”
He stressed the government would continue to “throw resources” at police in a bid end the bloody violence that has gripped Sydney’s west and south-west.
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