Tuesday 17 May 2022 09:07 PM Gangland Auburn shooting: Comanchero Tarek Zahed could lose his arm, leg, and ... trends now
Comanchero bikie enforcer Tarek Zahed has been left almost completely blind and now could lose his leg and arm after being shot alongside his brother in a brazen gangland hit outside a Sydney gym.
Zahed, 41, and his brother Omar, 39, were gunned down in a hail of at least 20 bullets as they left the Bodyfit Gym in Auburn, in the city's south-west, on May 10.
Omar died at the scene while his older brother was rushed to hospital fighting for life. He was taken into surgery after with ten bullet wounds to his head and body, and is now in a serious but stable condition.
After surviving more than a week, doctors are now deciding whether they will need to remove his arm and leg.
The Comanchero sergeant-at-arms completely lost sight in his right eye in last week's attack, sources said, rendering him virtually blind as he already had reduced vision in his left eye.
Takek Zahed (seated) and his brother Omar (standing) were gunned down outside a gym in Sydney's west on Tuesday night. Zahed is now in a stable condition but Omar is now dead
'He had an incident years ago that means vision in his left eye is only 20 to 30 per cent,' a source told the Daily Telegraph.
'So with him likely being blind in his right eye now, he will be almost completely unable to see. They don't know what will happen with his arm and legs, they were shredded by the bullets.
'He also took three shots to the pelvis, so it's a real wait and see situation at the minute.'
Omar was laid to rest by a group of heavily-tattooed mourners under the watchful eye of police at Rookwood Cemetery on Friday.
His death was the 12th underworld execution in Sydney in just 18 months.
Police had told the brothers as recently as May 5 that their lives were at risk but their warnings went unheeded.
Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said police are investigating possible motives for the assassination attempt, refusing to rule out the possibility of an inside job.
Tarek Zahed (pictured) survived after being shot 10 times by hitmen but could now lose his arm and leg
Police and paramedics are seen trying to save the two men at the gym on last week after the shooting - with pools of blood seen across the foyer
'We can't discount an internal conflict,' he told reporters last week.
'There is opportunities for people to take their place and there's a real power struggle within organised crime organisations.'
A second line of inquiry is whether there is any connection to the shooting death of Mahmoud 'Brownie' Ahmad almost three weeks ago.
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb noted Tarek had a target on his back due to his senior role within underworld crime networks.
'He's a senior member of the Comancheros... Australia's largest criminal organisation,' she said.
A police source earlier confirmed the hit on Tarek was considered the 'biggest of the year' in the criminal world.
'Whoever has done