Police arrest member of Sydney underworld crime network and find two shotguns days after brazen double daylight assassination
- Member of Alameddine crime gang arrested after allegedly found with two guns
- Man, 29, was arrested at a home near Parramatta and will face firearm charges
- Not yet clear if charges are related to the shooting of father and son in Guildford
- Salim and Toufik Hamze, 18 and 64, ruthlessly executed in ute in front of home
A member of the Alameddine crime network has been arrested after two guns were found in his possession, NSW Police have announced.
The man, 29, was arrested at a home near Parramatta in Sydney’s west and will face firearm charges at Hornsby Local Court on Friday.
The arrest comes two days after father and son Salim and Toufik Hamze, aged 18 and 64, were ruthlessly executed in a ute out the front of a Guildford home.
It was not immediately clear if the charges were related to the killings.
Salim Hamze, 18, was ruthlessly executed in a ute out the front of a Guildford home on Wednesday
Hamze, 18, (left) and his father Toufik Hamze, 64, (right) were killed in a spray of bullets as they sat in the front seat of a red utility in Guildford on Wednesday
The 18-year-old and his father were just about to leave for work when they were fatally shot outside their dilapidated home in Sydney’s west just before 9am on Wednesday.
The shooting is understood to be the latest escalation in the increasingly bloody Sydney underworld feud between the Alameddine and Hamze families.
Police believe Salim was the intended target and his father was collateral damage.
Authorities are unaware of any criminal involvement of the slain father.
The teenager was said to have been warned he was a possible target as a reprisal for a drive-by shooting at Assad Alahmad’s home, brother-in-law of rival crime boss Rafat Alameddine.
Police last month caught Salim with a gun in his car and he admitted he was living in fear of his life after becoming a target for criminal rivals.
‘He was known to us as a person who was sometimes under threat and known to be involved in criminal organisations,’ Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett said.
Salim was charged with possessing a firearm in September and ordered by a magistrate to live at his father’s home.
Salim Hamze, 18, (pictured) and his father Toufik, 64, were found critically injured in the front seat of a red Nissan Navara ute on Osgood St, Guildford shortly before 9am on Wednesday
Toufik Hamze was hit by a shot to the head in the salvo of shots that cut down his son as they sat in the front of their bullet-riddled red Nissan Navara ute (pictured)
At the time, the 18-year-old admitted to police he was living in fear of his life after becoming a target for criminal rivals.
The bail condition was later loosened to allow him to spend time at his mother’s, with a neighbour explaining to Daily Mail Australia the 18-year-old had been on ‘curfew’ when he died.
‘He was just at home, not going anywhere, and worked with his dad,’ she claimed.
‘Sometimes he was with his mum, but he’d go to work and come home, his mum used to drop him food sometimes, and that’s it.’
Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64 were brazenly shot in daylight on Wednesday (pictured, police being briefed at the scene in Guilford in Sydney’s northwest)
While not much is known about Hamze senior, neighbours revealed that the ‘relatively fit and healthy’ divorcee was a lonely man who ‘no one cared about’.
‘It’s really sad,’ an old school friend of Salim said. ‘No one really cared about the dad, and neighbours never cared about him.
‘He has no real family – they only cared about the son.’
Homicide detectives are on the hunt for two assassins behind the killings.
More to come