A mum who was shot dead in the backseat of a car with her hairdresser friend in a Sydney gangland murder may ‘know too much’, according to underworld sources.
The brutal executions of 48-year-old Lamet Fadlallah and 39-year-old Amy Hazouri shocked police ranks amid fears that underworld bosses had ‘torn up the rules’ meaning women and children were off limits.
Ms Fadlallah was sitting in the back seat of a silver Toyota 4WD outside her home in Hendy St, Panania, in Sydney’s west, on Saturday night when about a dozen bullets shot through the window.
She is believed to have been targeted because of her involvement in organized crime after marrying two of the city’s most notorious drug kingpins: ‘Lam was playing with the big boys and probably knew too much.’
‘She was right in life. She would carry guns for boys, give alibis if necessary and mingle with gangsters until she was killed,’ an underworld source who knew Ms Fadlallah told The Daily Telegraph.
‘She always thought she was smart but this is the most dangerous Sydney has ever been. Killing women openly is another level.’
Ms Hazouri was sitting next to him when she was shot and killed in what is believed to be ‘collateral damage’ in a misplaced attack.
A 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man were also in the vehicle, but they miraculously escaped the hail of dozens of bullets by speeding to safety and calling for help.
Lameta Fadlallah (left) is believed to be the target and Amy Hazouri (right) is believed to be collateral damage.
Women in 4WD are tucked behind crime scene (pictured)
TELOPEA ST GANG
In the 1990s a loose collection of mostly Middle Eastern youths in the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl.
Fights, car thefts, drive-by shootings, and drug deals—up to 300 a day—were common.
In 1998, a street fight outside a house party killed Korean teenager Edward Lee.
When the police and media began to take notice, the gang’s moniker was coined after the 800-meter road in Panchbol where the activity was concentrated.
In March 2000, a marked police patrol car was fired upon causing more than a hundred officers to take to the streets in a raid.
Later that year an investigation and two more raids followed, each with more than 200 officers.
Dozens have been arrested and police have effectively dismantled the gang, seizing weapons, cash and drugs.
It was already feared that Sydney’s ongoing gang war was spiraling out of control with 14 hanging-style murders playing out across the city in the past two years – with various Middle Eastern crime gangs and their bikie musclemen fighting for control of the lucrative drug trade. The heel of the epidemic.
But with victims 15 and 16 now added to the list of overworked detectives, police say it’s clear underworld bosses ‘broke the rules’ and the streets weren’t so bloody.
Ms Fadlallah has been around underworld figures her entire adult life, having married Shadi Darbas in the 1990s in her early 20s.
Derbas was a key member of the Telopea St Gang – created after Punchbowl, a Western Sydney street that became notorious as a hornets’ nest of Middle Eastern gang activity between 1998 and 2000.
The legacy of that period gave rise to much of the street gang culture that continues to wreak havoc on Western Sydney streets today.
Most recently Ms Fadlallah’s heart was won by a 200kg standover man – Helal Safi – who was found dead in her Sydney apartment in January 2021 of a heart attack.
In 2010 the King’s Cross identity escaped a jailhouse murder plot after being stabbed 42 times by rivals.
His injuries were so severe that he fell into a coma for five months with police credit His size to keep him alive.
Strangely, her two criminal lovers switched partners with Safi’s ex-girlfriend Hilal going to marry Derbas.
Detectives are investigating links the pair and other criminals may have linked to Ms Fadlalla – and whether she had information others wanted to keep quiet.
Safi (pictured) was a ‘prominent’ underworld player and survived 42 stabbings in prison in 2010.
Police blame the shooting as a targeted attack (a burnt-out car found in a nearby suburb).
But in the incident, 48-year-old Lamet Fadlallah (pictured) is believed to have been targeted because of his involvement in organized crime after marrying two of the city’s most notorious drug kingpins.
Ms Hazouri is not believed to have any such criminal links and was a dedicated hairdresser who was particularly respected for her bridal looks.
She also had a TikTok page filled with clips of her smiling and dancing to Middle Eastern music.
Colleagues at his salon in Bankstown shared a moving tribute on Sunday saying they were ‘devastated’ to learn of his untimely death.
‘We are devastated, our hearts are broken, you left us too soon,’ the tribute read.
‘May your memory live on forever… until we meet again.’
NSW Police Detective Inspector Danny Doherty admitted the shooting happened in front of the cameras on Sunday. ‘Unprecedented’ in an ‘unwritten law’ breaking down the boundaries of women and family in Sydney’s underworld.
He said that the police will stop at nothing to arrest the criminals.
‘This is a horrific attack on two women. They lost their lives. It was premeditated murder, actually murder, and it happened on a public street in Sydney,’ he said.
‘This is unacceptable by any standard. It is truly phenomenal. And we are determined to get the family answers.’
‘They don’t discriminate whether you are a man or a woman. Every rulebook is thrown out, and that’s relevant.’
Amy Hazouri, 39 (pictured), was in the same car and was also shot. He is believed to be ‘collateral damage’
A car was found burnt out in the nearby suburb of Revesby, a common method used in gangland hits (pictured).
How the underworld has exploded in Sydney
August 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero bikie, was shot and killed in a drive-by attack while his wife and young child were inside their Panania home.
October 4, 2020 – Alamedins associate Shaylin Zreika – beaten with a metal bar in a street brawl in Strathfield.
October 18, 2020 – Rafat Alamedin’s old home shot in drive-by shooting
October 19, 2020 – Majid Hamzi is shot dead in Condell Park
January 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naman was shot and killed in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahim Hamzeh in Hurstville.
January 30, 2021 – Majed Derbas is shot and killed in Smithfield
February 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamzeh’s mother, Maha Hamzeh, has been shot again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn.
March 12, 2021 – Shots fired at a house in Guildford linked to the Alamedin family
August 6, 2021 – Alamedin low-level associate Shady Kanz is found dead by police in Guildford after being shot in Chester Hill.
August 14, 2021 – Police foil an alleged gang attack on Ibrahim Hamze after he was spotted stealing a Mercedes in North Sydney.
October 20, 2021 – Salim and Tawfiq Hamzeh are shot dead outside their home in Guildford
November 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford Alamedin associate’s home. No one was hurt
January 6, 2022 – Bassam Hamzi’s brother Ghassan Amoun, aged 35, was gunned down in brazen daylight as he sat in a BMW outside an apartment building in Western Sydney.
April, 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmed aka in in in, and outing, Mr. Big’, has been shot dead by police after warning there is a million dollar reward for his role in the fatal shooting in the head in Greenacre.
May 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikers with links to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zaheed and his brother Omar, are gunned down while training at a gym in Auburn. Omar died on sight while Tarek miraculously survived after being shot 10 times in the face.
May 14: Rami Iskandar, 23, was shot in the torso in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home in Knox Street, Belmore, just before 4am on Saturday. He is the nephew of Browni Ahmed
May 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Arebus, partnering with Australian federal police and intelligence agencies to tackle the growing problem of gang violence and stop the bloodshed.
June 28: Former Lone Wolf biker Yusuf Nazlioglu dies in hospital after being shot 10 times in a Rhodes underground car park.
August 13: Lamet Fadlallah, 48, and his hairdresser friend Amy Hazouri, 39, were shot dead in a silver Toyota 4WD outside their home in Hendy St, Panania, in Sydney’s west.