Father and son gunned down as Sydney gangland war escalates

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© Provided by ABC NEWS A crime scene was established after NSW Police were called to Osgood Street in Guildford. (ABC News)

A daylight shooting in Sydney that left a man and his father dead is linked to a gangland feud between the Hamze and Alameddine families, the ABC understands.

Salim Hamze and his father were found slumped inside a ute on Osgood Street at Guildford after neighbours reported hearing gunfire just before 9am.

Salim Hamze, 18, was already dead, and Toufik Hamze was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a critical condition.

He died in hospital before 11am.

Dozens of police could be seen in the area after the incident this morning.

A crime scene is in place and detectives are investigating the circumstances behind the shooting.

Neighbour Ali Ghazi has lived in Guildford for two years and is worried the area isn’t safe.

“It’s scary. I heard police coming and helicopters over the top.” he said.

“Shocking. It’s scary. It’s not safe.” 

Today’s escalation means four members of the Hamze family, sometimes also spelled Hamzy, have been shot dead in just over a year.

The shooting is believed to be part of an escalating feud with rival crime family the Alameddines.

Mejid Hamzy, brother of Brothers 4 Life gang leader Bassam Hamzy, was shot dead outside his Condell Park home in October last year.

Days before his murder, a friend of the Alameddine family was seriously assaulted with a metal pole in Sefton.

Underworld boss Bilal Hamze was gunned down shortly after leaving a Japanese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD in June this year.

Detectives had warned him there was a bounty on his head.

NSW Police have previously restricted the movement of the two families with a Supreme Court order.

It means members of the families are banned from visiting some other parts of Sydney.

Authorities said the dispute began over the theft of some drugs, but had since escalated into violence and retribution killings.

“Information we received … [was] that the Alameddine family had stolen an amount of drugs from the Hamzys,” Detective Chief Inspector Nicholas Read told the Supreme Court in December.

Two brothers were charged in July over the execution-style murder of Mejid Hamzy, after heavily armed police raided homes across Sydney and Wollongong.

Ezzedine Omar, 38, was arrested at his Liverpool home, and was charged with 17 offences, including murder.

Police allege Mr Omar organised the hit on Mejid Hamzy but did not pull the trigger.

His brother Mohammed Omar, 44,  was later arrested at a home in Croydon and is accused of hiding one of the getaway cars used in the attack — a white BMW.

He was charged with six offences.

Police are still searching for the shooter.

Police have previously said they are concerned about bystanders being injured amid the escalating violence, after the matriarch of the Hamzy family, Maha, was targeted in a shooting in February.

While she survived, one of the bullets went through a window at Auburn Hospital and narrowly missed a nurse caring for a patient.

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