Chilling footage of callous gym execution

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Video has been released of the moment a man is gunned down outside a gym in Sydney’s west.

The chilling vision comes from CCTV cameras at a business across the road from Elite Fight Force gym in Sefton, about 23km west of Sydney’s CBD, where 40-year-old Taha Sabbagh was killed in front of his 12-year-old son on Thursday morning.

In the footage, obtained by Nine News, Mr Sabbagh’s black Mercedes four-wheel-drive pulls up to the gates of the martial arts gym on Carlingford St about 6.30am.

The CCTV images captured from a business across the road from Elite Fight Force gym shows the man in grey pants fire six shots.The CCTV images captured from a business across the road from Elite Fight Force gym shows the man in grey pants fire six shots.The brutal killing was carried out in front of Taha Sabbagh's 12-year-old son, who was wearing a red top.The brutal killing was carried out in front of Taha Sabbagh’s 12-year-old son, who was wearing a red top.

His son gets out of the car to open the gate before Mr Sabbagh drives in and parks.

About 90 seconds later, a man in a dark top and grey pants jumps out of an idling Mazda 3 SUV nearby, runs up to Mr Sabbagh’s car, and fire three rounds through the windshield before approaching the driver’s-side window and firing another three.

He flees and jumps in the Mazda as Mr Sabbagh’s son rushes around from the car’s passenger-side and stares in disbelief at what’s just happened.

Mr Sabbagh (left) with Russian internet star Hasbulla Magomedov. Picture: InstagramMr Sabbagh (left) with Russian internet star Hasbulla Magomedov. Picture: InstagramMr Sabbagh’s casket being carried by mourners at his funeral on Friday. Picture: NCA NewsWireMr Sabbagh’s casket being carried by mourners at his funeral on Friday. Picture: NCA NewsWire

Mr Sabbagh died at the scene, and his son wasn’t harmed, while a Mazda 3 – believed to be the one involved in the shooting – was found burned out in nearby Birrong.

Mr Sabbagh was laid to rest in a funeral at Lakemba Mosque on Friday attended by dozens of mourners, with police patrolling the area around the service.

The NSW Police investigation continues, amid speculation the execution could have been a case of mistaken identity.

Elite Fight Force closed on Thursday as forensic police examined the scene but has since reopened.

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