Dylan Welch and Georgina RobinsonÂ / Sydney Moonbat Herald
Abdul-RahmanÂ blames the infidels:
* Â Everything would be so much better under sharia, sez Abdul-Rahman. Its all becauseÂ Auburn Council closed down the islamic youth centre which they were using illegally.Â Mr Abdul-Rahman said his fears at the time that violence would escalate as a result of the closure were well-founded.Â Â “This is another young life lost, that’s fallen victim to a failed bureaucratic system,” he said.Â
A man who witnessed the shooting murder of a father of two at Warwick Farm in Sydney’s south-west early this morning has told a friend he was “dodging bullets” as he escaped.
Auburn man Mustafa Assoum, 26, a civil engineer and building site manager, was shot at close range in the head, stomach and hand on Sappho Road, off the Hume Highway, about 1.45am today, police said.
Mr Assoum had driven to the cul-de-sac with a male friend to meet his alleged shooters.
The friend, who is now in hiding and fears for his life, managed to escape uninjured when the attack started and raise the alarm at a nearby motel.
“He looks back and he saw Mustafa running and he started running himself when he heard the shots and he said to me ‘mate, i was dodging bullets’,” said Fadi Abdul-Rahman, a prominent youth leader in the Auburn Muslim community, who spoke to the man today.
Police were called to Sappho Road about 1.45am after reports of shots being fired.
They arrived to find Mr Assoum conscious and lying on the ground outside his car, which was next to a phone box and outside Peter Warren Automotive.
Liverpool Commander, Superintendent Gary Worboys, said Mr Assoum had received bullet wounds to his head, torso and hand.
It appeared he had been shot at close range, Superintendent Worboys said.
“This is a violent and brazen attack and it certainly worries me as the local area commander,” he said.
Mr Assoum was taken to Liverpool Hospital but died there later.
Bullet casings, all of the same calibre, were found near to where Mr Assoum was shot and would be tested to see if they came from the same gun, Superintendent Worboys said.
Witnesses told police they saw a silver or grey Honda Civic hatchback drive away from the area shortly after the shooting.
Superintendent Worboys said police had not yet found theÂ car nor identified anybody who might have been involved in the shooting.
The second man ran about two kilometres up the Hume Highway to the Grandstand Motel and called police.
Mr Abdul-Rahman said he spoke to the young man today.
From that conversation, Mr Abdul-Rahman said Mr Assoum had taken a phone call last night and gone to meet his alleged shooters with his friend.
When they arrived in Sappho Road, outside Peter Warren Automotive, Mr Assoum got out of their white Subaru Forrester while his friend stayed in the car.
He fled as soon as he saw his friend running and heard gunshots.
“He’s really shaken up, he’s scared for his life,” Mr Abdul-Rahman said.
“These guys obviously know his name, know who he is, so he’s in hiding.”
Mr Assoum was a volunteer at the ICRA Muslim youth centre in Lidcombe before it was shut down earlier this year.
Mr Abdul-Rahman, who had known Mr Assoum since the pair were at Granville Boys’ High together, said Mr Assoum had been instrumental in keeping the community’s young men out of trouble.
“We can’t believe it, he was always [at the ICRA youth centre] with the young ones to help them out in any way possible that he could,” Mr Abdul-Rahman said.
The youth centre was forced to vacate its premises at an old masonic temple in Lidcombe after Auburn Council deemed its use illegal.
Mr Abdul-Rahman said his fears at the time that violence would escalate as a result of the closure were well-founded.
“We told [the council] once this youth centre shuts down, things are going to turn pretty nasty and they didn’t care,” he said.
“I am absolutely distraught at the number of deaths that have taken place that possibly could have been prevented had someone, some responsible leader within Auburn, actually come forward and stuck to their word to help us keep our centre open.
“Yet this is another tragic death the community has to come to terms with, because leadership in our area has once again failed us.
“This is another young life lost, that’s fallen victim to a failed bureaucratic system,” he said.