Yusuf Nazlioglu dies after shooting at Rhodes Central four years after not guilty Mick Hawi verdict
A former cyclist found not guilty in the execution of Comanchero boss Mick Hawi has died after being shot in inland Sydney.
Yusuf Nazlioglu, 40, was taken to Westmead Hospital in critical condition Monday evening after being attacked in a parking lot in Rhodes.
Police have confirmed that Nazlioglu died early Tuesday morning in hospital.
The attack is the latest in a string of underworld hits in Sydney that has left 13 dead in the past two years as warring gangs fight for territory and settle scores.
Police rushed to lock down Rhodes’ central building Monday evening after Nazlioglu was hit by multiple bullets in a parking garage on Walker Street.
A heavily bandaged man was carried from the building by paramedics as police watched.
The building includes a shopping center, apartments and a parking garage.
Police gathered at one of the lobby entrances with tape around a series of elevators and a nearby fast food restaurant.
Paramedics treat former Lone Wolf cyclist shot in western Sydney on Monday as police look on (pictured)
A jury found Yusuf Nazlioglu (pictured) not guilty of the 2018 execution of Comanchero boss Mick Hawi
Bodies have piled up in the port city over the past 18 months with at least a dozen contract killings linked to the bitter feud between crime clans Hamzy and Alameddine
Nazlioglu was charged with murder after Hawi, the ex-lining pin of the Comanchero bikie gang, was gunned down when he climbed into his luxury four-wheel drive in front of a Rockdale Fitness First gym in southern Sydney in 2018.
He was found not guilty, but had another touch of the law when he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm.
The underworld figure was sentenced to three years in prison and walked free in September 2021.
Ghostly secret recordings played in court during his sentencing revealed that Nazlioglu was new to being a marked man.
“I used to hear people knocking on me outside, yes?” he said while in Sydney’s Silverwater prison in 2020, the Daily Telegraph reported.
“I used to still leave my house, brother, knowing that one day someone would sneak up on me and put one in my head.
“But I still went to the same damn hairdresser, went to the same damn restaurants, yeah. I still showed my face in the front yard and hung out with boys by their porches at their houses, yeah knowing I’m going to be beaten one day.”
Raised by Turkish parents, the Australian even boasted that he still attends the same mosque “where all our enemies know we pray.”
‘They can wait for us to walk away, brother, have we fooled ourselves? Were we scared? No.’
Emergency services responded to reports of a shooting in Rhodes (pictured) around 7 p.m., in which Nazlioglu was rushed to hospital
Detectives and officers on the scene in Rhodes’ Walker Street (pictured)
While Nazlioglu was found not guilty by a jury of the attack on Hawi, his friend, furniture mover Ahmad Doudar, 40, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Father-of-one Doudar was convicted after admitting complicity in Hawi’s murder.
Doudar’s role in the crime involved picking up a hidden silver Aurion with a tow truck and planning to dispose of it along with others, the court heard.
Judge Robert Allan Hulme said at the sentencing that “(Mr Doudar) intended to assist in the disposal of the vehicle to assist” in the murder.
Nazlioglu, then 39, and alleged flight driver Jamal El-Jaidi, then 32, were both found not guilty by a jury after a week of deliberation.
Police responded after being called to Walker Street Rhodes after shots were fired (pictured)
A parking garage in Walker Street is searched by officers (pictured)
Doudar, who accepted their involvement in the crime when he made his plea, was not called to testify at their trial.
In convicting Doudar for complicity, the judge said these types of murders “don’t happen by accident… they require the involvement of multiple people.”
Doudar’s motive remains unknown. “To my knowledge, Mr. Doudar may have been motivated by one or more other purposes,” the judge said.
Hawi’s wife Carolina Gonzalez, sister Zeinab and parents Ahmad and Nahdi read statements during his sentencing hearing.
They reported “very movingly about the loss and grief that has come from the loss of their loved one in the most appalling circumstances.”
Doudar was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, while Nazlioglu and El-Jaidi walked free.
Former Comanchero boss Mick Hawi (pictured) was gunned down outside a Rockdale gym
HOW THE UNDERWORLD WAS BROUGHT OUT IN SYDNEY
AUGUST 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero cyclist was shot dead in a drive-by attack as his wife and young child were inside their Panania home.
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an employee of the Alameddines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her Auburn home
MARCH 12, 2021 – A house linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot
6 AUGUST 2021 – Alameddine low-level employee Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gang attack on Ibrahem Hamze when they see stolen Mercedes in Northern Sydney
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are shot in front of their house in Guildford
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford, the home of an Alameddine employee. No one is hurt
JANUARY 6, 2022 – Bassam Hamzy’s brother, Ghassan Amoun, is shot and killed at age 35 in a brutal daylight execution while sitting in a BMW outside a block of flats in western Sydney.
APRIL 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad aka ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a $1 million bounty on his head for his role in deadly shootings in Greenacre.
MAY 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikies with ties to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot while training at an Auburn gym. Omar died on sight, while Tarek miraculously survived after being shot 10 times, including in the face.
MAY 14: Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso before four hours of Saturday in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street in Belmore. He is the cousin of Brownie Ahmad
MAY 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Erebus to try to tackle growing problem of gang violence, with Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies working with state police to stop the bloodshed.