Tears and flowers at Hawi’s execution site
THE Rockdale gym where murdered bikie kingpin Mick Hawi worked out before being fatally shot reopened today, but for one regular the shocking crime still proved too raw as he fought back tears.
The gym-goer was comforted by another man as he arrived at Fitness First as regulars continued to leave floral tributes to Hawi at the gym's door.
Gym-goers returning to the Rockdale gym centre this morning were aware of last week's shooting, but said they were unconcerned.
"No, I'm not worried - the chances are one in a million," said one regular who didn't want to be named.
"I'm just happy to be working out again."
The spot where Hawi left his black Mercedes 4WD - not actually a car park, but sitting at the gym' door - has been filled with skip bins with no parking signs stuck on.
Police are preparing to increase security at Hawi's funeral, believed to be taking place today, for fear of potential revenge attacks.
As investigations continues into Hawi's assassination, are investigating why slain bikie boss Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi was not accompanied by his usual bodyguards when he was shot dead in broad daylight on Thursday.
Hawi worked out daily at the Fitness First franchise and regulars have said they had been surprised he had attended alone without his three or four minders on Thursday.
"He usually came with his security guard," one gym-goer told The Daily Telegraph.
Another line of inquiry is why the former Comanchero chief appeared to have wound down the driver's window of his black Mercedes 4WD outside the gym before he was killed in a hail of bullets by a balaclava-clad gunman at close range from the right hand side of the car.
Hawi, 37, who was released from jail in 2015 after serving time for the manslaughter of a Hells Angel associate during the 2009 Sydney Airport bikie brawl, was known to be conscious of his own security after at least one attempt on his life.
Ali Gulzary was one of the first gym goers out the front door of Fitness First after hearing the hail of bullets that killed Hawi just after 12pm on Thursday.
He saw Hawi nursing a critical face wound.
"When I came out I saw the guy with bullet holes and everything," Mr Gulzary said.
"It's a little bit weird, now it's all starting to make sense, like, he used to be with two or three guys but yesterday he was by himself," Mr Gulzary said.
NSW Police have established Strike Force Amirs to investigate the brazen daylight assassination, appealing for any vision from dash cams or mobile phones taken in the vicinity of Chandler and Ashton streets, the Princes Highway, Rockdale Plaza Drive, and the plaza carpark.