ATHENS – Closed-circuit TV footage revealed a Greek-Australian man with a criminal background in Sydney, John Macris, was shot once in his car and three times after getting out of the vehicle outside his home – which was well-secured – as police were trying to determine whether it was connected to gang warfare.
Footage taken from Macris’ surveillance cameras – he headed a security company – showed a gunman shoot him through the right-hand passenger side window. As Macris struggled to escape from the car, the killer circled round the back of the car and shot Macris again when he reached the driver’s side door, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Macris died at the scene on Oct. 31 after being shot in the belly, chest and shoulder blade. Police retrieved six bullet casings shot from a 9mm gun, the paper said, and his blood wwas seen on the footpath outside his home, where inside his mother was minding his two children – a young boy and girl.
The murderer, still on the run, arrived at the scene on foot, wearing a baseball cap low across his face. He was about 1.7 meters (5-6) tall. Police have seized footage from cameras installed outside not just Macris’ home but also those of his neighbors, in affluent area, the paper said.
Macris was on his way to a reception marking the official opening of his new company 24/7 Security Services, an expansion of his My Services business which was less than three-months-old and guests were waiting at the company headquarters when he was killed, with the celebration quickly ending.
On Nov. 2, staff workers were seen removing the signage, although the company’s motto “We Guard. We Protect. We Secure. We believe in keeping you safe,” was still prominent, written on the wall inside the deserted offices, the paper said, with one security guard saying everything was now going to be closed down.
In May, a friend of Macris was shot dead. The night before Macris was gunned down, 38-year-old Vagelis Zabounis, another well-known Greek gangster, was shot outside the offices of his maritime company in Piraeus but survived and is expected to be questioned.