Notorious Sydney gangster John Macris has been shot dead in Greece.
The millionaire nightclub owner, who once dated PR maven Roxy Jacenko, was shot four times in the chest outside his home in Voula, a seaside suburb in Athens shortly after 9pm local time.
The 46-year-old Greek Australian was in his car, outside his house, when the attack took place.
Sydney gangster John Macris (right) has been shot dead near his home in Greece
The killer had been waiting for Macris and shot him from the passenger side seat of his car, the Greek City Times reported.
Witnesses to the brutal murder say they heard the gunman shout out: ‘I’m going to finish him off’, the Daily Telegraph reported, and a final, fatal shot was fired as Macris tried to exit the car.
He was known to both Australian and Greek authorities, the Greek City Times reported, and had been splitting his time between Australia and Greece, where he was referred to as ‘Australo’, for the past seven years.
Greek authorities believe Macris had been involved in a drug deal, and are hunting three gunmen.
Macris was a prominent figure in the underworld scene for years. He was a business partner of John Ibrahim, The Australian reported, before their business relationship dissolved into a bitter feud.
Macris had been alternating between living in Greece and Australia for the past seven years
Macris is believed by some to have been behind an attack on the Ibrahim family which saw Fadi Ibrahim, brother of nightclub owner John Ibrahim, and his wife, ambushed by a gunman.
John’s younger brother Fadi was shot five times and his wife was hit once while they sat parked in a Lamborghini outside their Castle Cove home in Sydney’s north in 2009.
While nobody was ever officially charged over the attack, the family believed Macris was behind it.
Only two weeks prior to the shooting, Fadi and Macris’ brother, Alex, had a falling out that resulted in blows at Sydney nightclub Ivy, an unnamed witness told a court during a 2011 hearing.
The hearing was in response to allegations Fadi and his other brother, Michael, were planning a revenge attack against Macris.
He was shot repeatedly while in his car, before a final, fatal shot was fired as he tried to get out
The Sydney man was a former business partner of John Ibrahim, but the partnership dissolved into a bitter feud
The two families were said to have fallen out over a drug debt in excess of $1.4 million,Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting the Ibrahim family played a role in Macris’ death.
Macris is a former partner of PR maven Roxy Jacenko. The pair reportedly dated off and on for three years before the 46-year-old settled down with girlfriend Viktoria Karida.
When her current husband, Oliver Curtis, was sentenced to prison for insider trading, Ms Jacenko was seen having coffee with Alex Macris, John’s brother.
Ms Karida is a former playboy model and is the mother of Macris’s daughter, Alexandra.
Police remain at the scene of the shooting and an investigation is underway.
The father-of-one’s funeral is understood to be scheduled for Friday.