One of two women shot dead in an ‘unprecedented’ gangland ‘murder’ was the ex-girlfriend of a 200kg standover man and drug dealer – and married to one of Sydney’s most notorious gang leaders.
Lamet Fadlallah, 48, was shot dead in a silver Toyota 4WD outside his home on Hendy St Panania in Sydney’s west on Saturday night.
She had just gotten her hair cut and was getting ready for a night on the town with three other people in the car – including hairdresser Amy Hazouri, 39, who was shot dead.
The 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old man miraculously escaped injury but were left ‘incredibly shaken’ after the ‘planned attack’.
CCTV captured another vehicle pulling up next to the Toyota and up to a dozen shots being fired.
The Toyota then drove a kilometer away from the scene where the 20-year-old and 16-year-old called for help.
48-year-old Lameta Fadlallah (pictured) was one of the two women who were shot dead
Amy Hazouri, 39 (pictured), was in the same car and was also shot. He is believed to have suffered collateral damage
Police believe Ms Hazouri was collateral damage and targeted Ms Fadlallah.
Ms Fadlallah is understood to have been associated with underworld figures over the years and was at one point married to Saadi Darbas in the 1990s.
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.
Fadlallah’s ex-boyfriend Halel Safi (pictured) was a notorious standover man
Most recently Ms Fadlallah was the long-term girlfriend of underworld figure Helal Safi – who was found dead in her Sydney apartment of a heart attack in January 2021.
Surprisingly, the criminals switched partners with Safi’s ex-boyfriend Hilal, who was 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.
‘She was right in life. He carried guns for the boys, gave alibis if necessary and mingled with gangsters until he was killed,’ an underworld source who is the new Ms Fadlallah told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Lam was playing with the big boys and probably knew too much.
‘She always thought she was smart but this is the most dangerous Sydney has ever been. Killing women openly is another level.’
Safi, 45, was arrested in October 2020 (pictured) on weapons charges
Her ex-husband, 45-year-old and 200kg Safi, was found dead in their Stapleton Street, Pendle Hill unit at around 4am after a neighbor heard screams.
He was released from prison a few weeks ago, after police found drug paraphernalia in the unit.
A ‘major’ gangland player had close ties to criminals and was feared in Sydney’s underworld.
The former bikie and Kings Cross bouncer once suffered 42 stab wounds while in prison in 2010.
The injuries left him in a coma for five months, with police saying he survived only because of his size.
Safi (pictured) was a ‘prominent’ underworld player and survived 42 stabbings in prison in 2010.
Det Insp. Doherty called Saturday’s shooting “unprecedented” as an “unwritten law” breaking down the boundaries of women and families 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.’
A 20-year-old driver managed to drive a kilometer away from the shooting after the gunman opened fire on his car and killed two women (Photo: Lamet Fadlallah)
Colleagues of Ms Hazouri (pictured) posted a touching tribute to the much-loved hairdresser on Sunday
Forensic police work at cordoned off crime scene on Sunday morning (pictured)
A crime scene in Sydney’s inner south-west (pictured) is a number after Saturday night’s shooting.
A witness said he saw three cars tearing up the street after the shooting and police arriving.
“The first police car came, two people got out, everything calmed down,” he said.
‘Suddenly, everything calmed down on its own. These two policemen went to work on the woman, and they got out of the car, and they gave her a hard time.’
Three burnt-out cars were found in the surrounding suburbs, all of which are now undergoing forensic tests.
One Mercedes was found in Wattle Grove, another Mercedes in Yaguna and another car pole in Revesby.
Panania and nearby Revesby are at the heart of Sydney’s ongoing gangland war.
Detectives believe the shooting was aimed at three luxury vehicles found nearby (pictured).
“We should all be shocked that two women lost their lives in an unprecedented attack. Whether it’s an organized crime link or not, that’s part of the investigation they’re looking at,’ Mr Doherty said.
‘There is no suggestion of a link to the current conflict so we are looking at it on its own merits and the motive is still unclear. We need that information.’
A number of crime scenes have been established in the area as the Homicide Squad and local area command work together to investigate.
Anyone with information, dashcam or CCTV footage is urged to contact police.
Burning cars like those found on Saturday night (pictured) is a common method used in underworld hits, police have previously confirmed.
TELOPEA STREET GANG
The gang began as a loose collection of mostly Middle Eastern youths in the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl in the 1990s.
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.
The gang moniker was coined when the police and media began to take notice of the 800-metre long road in Panchbol where much of 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.
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.