As gangland shootings in Sydney get worse, the brother of the Comanchero gang leader was killed by a gunshot.
Just days before two men were shot at a gym in Sydney, one of them was warned that his life was in danger.
Tarek Zahed, 41, and his brother Omar, 39, were working out at the Bodyfit Fitness Centre on Parramatta Road on Tuesday night when they were shot in the foyer in a hail of bullets.
The brothers were helped by paramedics from NSW Ambulance at the scene of the accident.
After being shot several times in the arms, stomach, and legs, Omar went into "traumatic cardiac arrest." He died right where he was.
Up to 10 bullets hit Tarek in his head, body, and legs. He is still in the hospital, where he is in a serious but stable condition.
"When we got there, both patients had lost a lot of blood," said Inspector Kevin McSweeney of the NSW Ambulance Service.
"This was a scary and horrifying thing that happened in front of many people, and it's a miracle that no one else was hurt."
Tarek was supposed to be the next national boss of the Comanchero gang, but Sydney police recently told him that a bounty had been put on his head.
Even as recently as last Thursday, he was told that his life was in danger and that he shouldn't go to Sydney.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said on Wednesday that he told him not to do it, but he didn't listen.
After the shooting, two burned-out cars were found in the nearby suburbs of Berala and Greenacre. These cars were thought to have something to do with the shooting.
Paul Toole, who is the Police Minister of NSW, said that the shooting was "shocking, disturbing, and unacceptable."
"We know this was a targeted attack, but it will not be tolerated when it happens at 8 p.m. in a public place like a gym," he told reporters on Wednesday.
Police are looking at all three crime scenes and have set up Strike Force Leary to look into the shooting.
Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, who is in charge of the Homicide Squad, said that police were looking into possible links to the shooting death of gang member Mahmoud "Brownie" Ahmad less than two weeks ago.
"We also can't rule out a fight within the group," he said.
"Since so many people are being shot and killed, there are chances for others to try to take their place.
"There's a real power struggle going on between different criminal networks, and that might be something we look into."
The shootings in Sydney's gangland
The shooting on Tuesday is the second major shooting in as many weeks.
"Brownie" Ahmad was killed on April 27 by a hail of bullets on a street in a suburb of Sydney. This was called a "incredibly brazen and cruel murder."
The attack seemed to be part of the city's bloody gang wars. The 39-year-old victim was given CPR by anti-gang Raptor Squad police on a Greenacre street before he died.
Ahmad was visiting a friend when he was shot at by several people.
Police think that several gunmen were "laying in wait" in cars for Ahmad, ready to pull off a well-planned hit.
Doherty told the media last week, "This is a very brazen and cruel murder."
"Brownie Ahmad was shot several times, and that's what killed him."
Given how many people were in the street with Ahmad at the time, it's a miracle that no one else was hit.
Doherty said that the first people to help were the police from the Raptor Squad, who were in the area as part of ongoing efforts to put down crime.
Ahmad was found "dying in the street." CPR was done, but it wasn't enough to save him.
Ahmad was the brother of Walid "Wally" Ahmad, a member of the criminal underworld who was killed in 2016 while sitting in a busy cafe at a Bankstown shopping mall.
Brownie Ahmad got out of jail six months ago. In 2016, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing Safwan Charbaji.
Police told him he was a "marked man" and that he was in danger right away.
"He kept hanging out with people who were involved in crime and didn't want to hide," Doherty said.
"He was always in danger of dying. He was always going to be a victim of the world around him. Because of this, he is now in the morgue."
"We will find you."
After the shooting on Tuesday, Toole said that the police department's Raptor Squad would be getting an extra 30 officers.
"If you are a member of Sydney's criminal underworld, we will find you," Toole said on Wednesday.
"We will bother you and knock on your doors. "If you are involved, you should rethink what you are doing because we will come after you and lock you up.
Karen Webb, who is in charge of the police, said that the behavior would not be allowed.
She said, "We're talking about a small group of people who are making people afraid in our community."
"They should recognize themselves."