A tattoo parlour shooting that left a customer fighting for his life on the day of Mick Hawi's funeral could be linked to the Comanchero boss' murder, police say.
As Hawi's family and friends gathered for traditional prayers at a Sydney mosque around 1pm today, two masked men stormed Nitro Ink Tattoo Studio in south-east Melbourne and gunned down a customer in a hail of bullets.
The men escaped in a silver saloon car before setting it on fire and are still on the run.
The victim, 35, is in intensive care at The Alfred Hospital with wounds to his upper body after the incident in Hampton Park. Police say the gunmen's bullets went through to next-door buildings but luckily non-one else was hurt.
Police at the scene of a burnt out car in Robjant St, Hampton Park, near the scene of a shooting at a tattoo parlour in Melbourne
A tattoo parlour shooting that left a customer fighting for his life on the day of Mick Hawi's funeral could be linked to the Comanchero boss' murder, police say
Police say the attack was targeted but the tattoo parlour had no bikie links, despite earlier reports it was connected to the national president of the Comanchero bikie gang, Mick Murray who is currently behind bars.
Asked in a press conference if the shooting was linked to Mick Hawi's murder, a police spokesman said detectives were probing the possibility.
The parlour is reportedly part of Nitro, a group of businesses including gyms, security and tattoo services.
Comanchero boss Murray is currently behind bars, after a top secret investigation by Victoria Police's anti-bikie Echo taskforce earlier this year.
Witnesses at the scene reportedly heard a number of gunshots and screaming, shortly after 1pm.
The witness said there were so many gunshots he 'couldn't count' them.
Police are at the scene and have placed an entire local shopping centre in lock down
Slain bikie Mick Hawi pictured with wife Carolina - the Comanchero bikie boss' funeral was held on Thursday
When questioned at the scene, one man who appeared to work at the parlour told a Herald Sun reporter to 'f*** off'.
Daily Mail Australia's calls to the parlour went unanswered on Thursday afternoon.
The body of former Comanchero chief Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi was taken out of his coffin and placed into a grave, as hundreds of mourners watched on in Sydney's south on Thursday afternoon.
A week after he was executed by hitmen outside a gym in Rockdale, former club associates, family, friends and lawyers of the one-time crime kingpin gathered to pay their respects to the Lebanese migrant and father-of-two, 37, at an Arncliffe mosque.
After 1pm prayers at the Al Zahra mosque in Arncliffe, a convoy of luxury cars followed the hearse carrying Hawi’s bullet-riddled body to Rookwood Cemetery.
There were no motorbikes in sight, nor bikie colours, as mourners were told by the Hawi family they were a ‘no-go’.
Mourners held an empty coffin over their heads at a nearby cemetery following the funeral service
Among dozens of headstones, the massive crowd gathered to bury Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi at Rookwood Cemetery
Earlier, a man named Tony carried a framed photograph of his slain friend as he led a procession of mourners towards the Al Zahra mosque for Hawi's funeral
The service was well attended by men and women, who wore black head scarves and clothing
One woman was seen covering her face as she walked with other female mourners
More than a dozen uniformed police officers watched as the family, including wife Carolina arrived at the grave site in a parade of white Rolls Royces, a Bentley and Porsche.
Mosque officials said Hawi's bullet-riddled body was washed at the service and he was dressed per Islamic rites. Traditional blessings were also performed.
At the graveside, prayers were sung and Hawi's body was removed from its casket, as per Islamic tradition.
His body was then lowered into the cement-lined grave and a truck tipped earth on top of him.
Close male relatives and friends finished the burial together with shovels and laid enormous bouquets of flowers for Hawi.
A truck is seen lowering something towards the grave site as mourners gather around
Mourners comfort one another after former Comanchero president Hawi is buried
Hundreds attended the burial at Rookwood Cemetery near Lidcombe
Flowers are seen covering the ground around the father-of-two's burial site
Islamic Friendship Association president Keysar Trad said followers of the belief 'don't bury with the coffin. We take the cadaver out of the coffins.'
Concrete slabs are often laid at the bottom of graves to meet health requirements, Mr Trad said.
Family and friends, including Hawi's father, then formed a line and shook hands with almost every attendee. Others stayed to pay their respects.