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BREAKING AUSTRALIA POLICE REPORT: Police Say Underworld Figure Shot Dead in Car in Sydney Was Organised Crime Figure


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Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: June.26: 2023:

#AceBreakingNews – A major player in Sydney’s underworld has been shot dead in an attack police believe was a “well-planned execution”.


Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said the 48-year-old Bondi Junction resident was a “high-level” criminal figure with close links to the Commanchero outlaw motorcycle gang.

The man has not been formally identified but the ABC understands he is convicted drug kingpin Alen Moradian.

Detective Superintendent Doherty said the shooting bears the hallmarks of an organised crime murder, adding the victim “had a big target on his back”.

The victim was shot by at least two gunman while he was seated in his car in an underground car park on Spring Street, Bondi Junction about 8:15am.

“We’re saying this is a well-planned execution murder of a high-level criminal identity,” Detective Superintendent Doherty said.

“He has strong, high-level links to the Comanchero. He also has high standing in the organised crime network. He’s a major player with a big target.”

A burnt out car has been located on Cook Lane in Zetland in Sydney’s south and another car with its doors flung open and airbag activated was found on James Street in Bondi Junction.

Busy city street with police cars blocking off crime scene in Sydney's Bondi Junction
Police officers are investigating the shooting of the man who is believed to be involved in the organised crime world. (ABC News: Mary Lloyd)none

Police are investigating whether the cars are linked to the shooting.

Homicide Squad boss, Detective Superintendent Doherty, called on any witnesses to come forward.

“We’re focusing all our attention at the moment on obtaining CCTV and witnesses and gaining as much information as we can at the moment,” he said.

“Obviously the crime scenes are being examined as we speak … three crime scenes. [We are] still looking for more CCTV.

“[Police are] appealing to anyone who may have seen something or heard something, not only at the time but in the days leading up to the shooting, or immediately after the shooting.”

Waverley Council says the area between Spring Street and Denison Street is closed to all traffic including pedestrians for the next few hours.Police on Spring Street on Tuesday morning.(ABC News: Alex Lewis)none

Moradian was previously sentenced to 16 years and nine months jail after pleading guilty to importing and supplying a commercial quantity of cocaine in 2006.

The NSW District Court heard in 2011 he was a “significant and senior middle manager” of a drug syndicate dubbed the “Golden Gun drug ring”.

It was named after a gold-plated pistol which was found during a raid on one of Moradian’s co-conspirators.

There was dispute in court over the purity of the drugs imported, with Moradian’s lawyers arguing he was culpable for the importation of 40 kilograms, but Judge Andrew Haesler found the real purity was anywhere between 65 to 100 kilograms.

Moradian surrendered weapons including machine guns, rifles and a grenade launcher to authorities following his arrest in 2007.

He first became eligible for parole in December 2017.Police at the scene where a car was set on fire in Zetland this morning.(ABC News: Courtney Barrett Peters)none

Following the shooting many nearby residents were forced to stay inside.

Ivan Gordon lives in the apartment building where the shooting is believed to have taken place and was told he couldn’t leave for work.

“I came downstairs to go to work. I’m on B2, apparently it happened on B1. The cop stopped me and said ‘no, no you can’t come through’,” Mr Gordon said.Ivan Gordon said police stopped him when he tried to get into the car park of his apartment block.(ABC News: Alex Lewis)noneForensic officers are at another crime scene near Waverley Park in Sydney’s east. (ABC News: Sarah Gerathy)none

He said he did not hear any gunshots.

“I actually heard nothing. Apparently there were gun shots. But I heard all the sirens for the next 30 minutes.”

A staff member at Bondi Espresso Bar on Spring Street told the ABC he saw police officers in bullet-proof vests swarm the street before 9am.

He said they ran into an apartment building.

“It all happened so quick … there was so much commotion,” he said.

He said police blocked off the street at both ends and customers in his coffee shop were forced to stay in the premises for about an hour.

“They weren’t letting anyone in or out.”

Moradian’s death marks the 20th fatal shooting police have linked to organised crime in Sydney since August 2020.

NSW Premier Chris Minns called the latest display of gangland violence “disgraceful”.

“This was a very public, violent crime and we’ve been assured by the NSW police it will be met with the full force of the law,” he said.

Mr Minns said he was “distressed” to hear that people had witnessed this crime and pledged his government will “throw resources at organised crime in New South Wales, and have a clear focus to keep the public safe.”


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