EXCLUSIVE: Notorious gangster fighting for life after being shot in the face is moved to a new hospital to stop his assassins trying to finish the job – even though he may never walk again
- Samer Marcus, 45, was gunned down at his home in Sydney’s west in November
- A senior member of the DLASTHR gang, Marcus is unlikely to ever fully recover
- Despite this, police still have fears those responsible could try to finish the job
- Marcus was shot just weeks after another crime figure Mejid Hamzy was killed
- There remain serious concerns an all out gang war could break out in the west
A Sydney gangster gunned down in one of several recent assassination attempts in the city’s west has been transferred to a new hospital in an effort to stop his rivals finishing the job.
Samer Marcus, 45, a senior member of notorious Assyrian gang DLASTHR, was shot in the head from close range in his home at Denham Court on Friday, November 6.
Marcus was rushed to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition.
Daily Mail Australia understands the gang boss has since been moved again because of fears those responsible for the initial hit would make another attempt on his life in western Sydney.
But police sources confirmed that may be pointless, with the gang boss still fighting for life and unlikely to ever make a full recovery.
Samer Marcus (pictured), senior member of the notorious Assyrian gang DLASTHR, is unlikely to ever walk again after being shot in an attempted assassination in early November
Pictured: Forensic police comb the scene outside Marcus’ home where he was shot in the face and head multiple times
If in fact he does ever leave hospital it is likely to be in a wheelchair, with his injuries so severe he could be rendered a quadriplegic.
Detectives attached to the NSW State Crime Command are continuing the hunt for the gunman or gunmen responsible for Marcus’ shooting.
The recent attack is the second time the DLASTHR (The Last Hour) member has been shot this year.
In June the gangster was shot in the face after a confrontation with another man.
Campbelltown Local Court heard Marcus arrived at hospital with injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.
By that stage the bullet had been inside him for three days.
It was revealed in court Marcus had driven to Middlehope St in Bonnyrigg Heights to confront a 33-year-old man he had a grievance with, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The alleged gunman is facing ten charges, including shooting with intent to murder and also discharging a firearm in a public place.
Samer Marcus (pictured being arrested in 2016) was also shot just four months earlier in June
Detectives attached to the NSW State Crime Command are continuing the hunt for the gunman or gunmen responsible for Marcus’ shooting
Marcus was also charged with concealing a serious and indictable offence after not reporting that he was shot.
Investigators are yet to determine if the two shootings are linked or are unrelated.
DLASTHR has become known to police as a dangerous gang controlling drugs in the Fairfield area.
In 2016, the NSW Supreme Court heard DLASTHR had been involved in a number of violent conflicts in the past with other gangs.
Marcus’ shooting came at a time of heightened concern over gang behaviour in the western suburbs of Sydney.
The shooting death of Mejid Hamzy has sparked fears of a gangland war in Sydney’s western suburbs, where Middle Eastern crime gangs have long run rampant.
Hamzy, 44, was gunned down in the driveway of his home at Condell Park at 7.30am on Monday, October 17 by two balaclava-clad gunmen.
The shooting came after the murder of Mejid Hamzy (left), older brother of notorious criminal Bassam (right), which has sparked fears of an all-out war between criminal clans fighting for control of Sydney’s west
Hamzy was gunned down in the driveway of his home at Condell Park early on October 19
A forensic officer inspects a piece of bloodied clothing at the front door of the home where Mejid Hamzy was shot
Police believe he may have been responsible for several assassinations including the 2016 death of Hamad ‘The Executioner’ Assaad, and that his murder is definitely part of a gang-related attack.
‘Obviously these are organised criminal syndicates who are targeting each other and they know who they are targeting,’ NSW Police assistant commissioner Peter Thurtell said.
Police also know who they are targeting.
In the immediate aftermath of Hamzy’s death they banned members of his crew and other rivals from certain parts of Sydney in an attempt to avoid an all-out gang war.
One source described the current situation in the west as being ‘on a knife’s edge’.