Shocking photo lays bare senior bikie’s gruesome injuries after he survived being shot through the eye in an assassination attempt
- Tarek Zahed’s injuries exposed
- Mugshot shows bandaged face
A shocking mugshot photo has emerged showing the extent of the injuries former Comanchero bikie boss Tarek Zahed sustained in a murder attempt 11 months ago.
Despite 10 bullet wounds to his head and body, Zahed, 42, miraculously survived the gangland hit inside the BodyFit gym in the Sydney suburb of Auburn in May, 2022.
It was reported then that one bullet went straight through his eye in the shooting that claimed the life of his brother Omar, 39.
A shocking mugshot photo has emerged showing the extent of the injuries former Comanchero bikie boss Tarek Zahed (pictured) sustained in a murder attempt 11 months ago
Four months after he was shot, Zahed (pictured on the ground) was arrested in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and charged over a 2014 gangland murder
In the mugshot photo, half of Zahed’s head and his nose are covered in bandages, but under his glasses his left eye stares at the camera while his right eye is missing.
Doctors were stunned at his recovery from the shooting over months in hospital, but there was nothing they could do to save his eye, which was destroyed by the bullet.
On August 28 last year, four months after he was shot, Zahed was arrested in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and charged over a 2014 gangland murder.
This mugshot was taken the day of the arrest, while photos from the scene showed Zahed handcuffed, sitting with his head wrapped in a bandage.
Bean bag pellets were reportedly fired through the rear passenger window of a black BMW before Zahed was arrested.
He is accused of the gangland murder of Youssef Assoum, 29, at Yagoona in western Sydney in December, 2014.
But prosecutors admitted this month they do not have enough evidence for a trial over the Assoum case, the Daily Telegraph reported.
They have been given a three-week deadline to beef up their case against Zahed.
Zahed resurfaced in public in late August 2022 in a social media photo shared by the president of the Comanchero gang, Allan Meehan (second left)
Days before his arrest, Zahed was seen at a dinner with Comanchero president Allan Meehan and other associates, wearing designer clothes and jewellery.
Despite having been shot 10 times, Zahed had no visible scars on his face in a photo taken on the night.
He was wearing dark sunglasses, though, so his eyes could not be seen.
Meehan captioned the photo: ‘Welcome back Tarek “hard2kill” Zahed.’