Brutal Comanchero hardman Tarek Zahed’s notorious reign of terror ended in him riddled with bullets at the palace of his own vanity – the gym he just couldn’t resist.
Underworld sources and detectives had all told the Balenciaga-clad crime lord to keep a low profile after a huge price was put on his head.
But instead the TikTok gangster flaunted his chiselled physique on social media while working out at Bodyfit Gym in Auburn in Sydney’s west, leading killers straight to him.
The ruthless enforcer had been a marked man for weeks, with gangland rivals putting a seven figure bounty on his head, believed to be worth between $1million and a staggering $7million.
On Tuesday night, someone almost got their bumper payday.
Balenciaga-clad Tarek Zahed (pictured, right) and brother Omar (left) were gunned down outside a gym on Tuesday night – with Omar dying at the scene after being shot in the head
Despite the warnings about the hitmen hunting him, Zahed, 41, refused to stay away from the gym. As a result, he was cut down in a hail of bullets alongside his younger brother Omar, 39, on Tuesday evening.
Omar was killed instantly, but Zahed has grimly held on to life after being shot 10 times in the body and head, leaving him critically injured.
The pair had been told to get out of town just days earlier.
‘The two brothers were warned last Thursday,’ revealed NSW state crime commander Michael Fitzgerald.
‘Their lives have been at risk for some time.
‘They decided not to follow our recommendations to leave this state.’
Despite police warnings of the hitmen hunting him, vainglorious Tarek Zahed, 41, refused to stay away from the gym to tone his chiselled physique
Tarek Zahed was cut down in a hail of bullets at the Bodyfit Gym in Auburn in Sydney’s west, alongside his younger brother Omar
Omar was killed instantly, but miraculously, Tarek Zahed has grimly held on to life after being shot at 10 times, including bullets to his head, leaving him critically injured
Zahed was the savage king of the eshays, with his three-quarter length trackpants and $895 Balenciaga t-shirts, surrounded by goons with trademark crossbody manbags.
His fearless propensity for instant ruthless violence earned him a terrifying reputation and his gangland power grab had put the massive price on his head.
Zahed was in the crosshairs of Sydney’s escalating gang war after his profile soared in the past year and he returned to Australia from a failed bid to flee to Lebanon.
The shaven-headed bikie boss had tried to get Lebanese citizenship but was foiled by an Interpol alert from Australian police warning of his drug world connections.
He flew back to Australia but relocated to Victoria after court restrictions in NSW – which limited his movements – made his underworld life too hard.
In January, he interrupted the Australian Open final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne when he returned late to his seat.
The crowd turned on him with abuse as he ambled down the aisle, holding up play midway through the crunch match, and the umpire ordered him: ‘Just sit in the nearest seat.’
Another video clip gave a clear insight into his volatile fury.
He was caught on CCTV talking to younger associate Mohamed Aouli at a private birthday function in Crown Casino’s a’Mare restaurant in Sydney’s Barangaroo.
Zahed leads him to a toilet before suddenly unleashing savage blow after blow as his sidekicks herd the unwitting victim back inside, before the door closes.
Zahed – the Comanchero’s sergeant-at-arms – was in line to take control of the national bikie gang network after leader Mick Murray was jailed while awaiting trial for a 2019 murder.
Police today admitted that the Comancheros was Australia’s ‘largest criminal organisation.’
It follows links between the bikie gang and the Alameddine crime family – where the bikies act as brutal enforcers.
Zahed has effectively been the recent leader of the NSW Comancheros since state boss Mark Buddle fled overseas in 2016 after he was linked to the murder of a Sydney security guard.
And Zahed’s own life of crime dates back 27 years to 1995 when he was first convicted of assault.
Since then, Zahed has been in and out of jail after setting his dog on one man, stamping on another man’s skull in a drug row – leaving him brain damaged – and shooting another after a wild street fight.
More recently, the Comancheros had been linked to an alleged $1million drugs haul of meth and MDMA seized by police in Bankstown last December which saw two other members of the bikie gang arrested.
Zahed was also said to have been making enemies while living in Victoria, which may also have sparked the hit.
Tarek Zahed was also said to have been making enemies while living in Victoria, which may lso have sparked the hit
But police phone call intercepts from 2020 also revealed he was on the hit list of the Alameddine’s deadly rivals, the Hamzy clan.
Investigators are also probing whether the latest shooting is linked to the execution of Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad two weeks earlier.
Detectives admit there is no shortage of suspects, even within the Comancheros.
‘The gangland murder a few weeks ago is one of the lines of inquiry but we can’t discount an internal conflict either,’ said homicide squad chief Danny Doherty.
‘There’s opportunities for people to take their place and there’s a real power struggle within organisations for people to take their place.’
Even before Tuesday’s shooting, one police source admitted: ‘We don’t know who would want that to happen.
‘In that world, someone’s always wanting to kill someone. They are always upset.’
Police chiefs have now set up a separate Strike Force Leary to probe the shooting and work with Strike Force Raptor which was also boosted by another 30 officers from 115 to 145 detectives.
‘It is shocking, disturbing and unacceptable. When it happens in a public place, at 8pm, at a gym, it will not be tolerated,’ NSW police minister Paul Toole said.
‘If you are part of Sydney’s underworld, we are going to hunt you down. We will actually kick down doors.
‘We will raid homes, we will raid businesses, we will harass you, we will disrupt your everyday life to stop this kind of activity out. It is unacceptable.
‘If you are involved, an associate then I say to you right now, you better rethink your actives. We will come after you and lock you up.’
The Balenciaga bikie’s life of crime:
Tarek Zahed had been in and out of jail after a life of crime and savage brutality (pictured being extradited from Melbourne to Sydney in March, 2021)
1995: Tarek Zahed was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, resisting arrest and assaulting police.
2001: Police charged Zahed after he used a dog to attack someone. He spent eight months in periodic detention.
2004: Zahed spent five years behind bars after stomping on a man’s skull over a drug feud. The victim suffered brain damage.
2009: Zahed becomes a hang-around of the Comanchero bikie club.
2011: A wild running street battle saw multiple men stabbed and Zahed’s associate shot with a nail gun before the Balenciaga Bikie fired four bullets from a moving car hitting a man in the ear and shoulder.
He was sentenced to eight years prison, with a non parole period of five years.
2012: Zahed became a fully patched member of the Comancheros.
2020: Police are made aware that Zahed is now the national Sergeant At Arms of the outlaw motorcycle club.
Zahed is convicted for dealing with the proceeds of crime after withdrawing thousands of dollars hidden in family member’s bank accounts.
2021: He is caught on camera at Barangaroo in Sydney punching a man.
Zahed leaves Australia for Lebanon.
2022: Arrested and charged with two counts of contravening serious crime prevention order
Shot at 10 times outside gym in Auburn
Source: NSW Supreme Court records