Murder charges laid over double shooting in Five Dock, soccer community mourns

| 05.04,19. 03:22 AM |

Murder charges laid over double shooting in Five Dock, soccer community mourns

Photo: A man injured in the shooting was later released from hospital. (ABC News)

Homicide detectives have charged a man with murder after a double shooting in Sydney's inner west.

Police found two 24-year-old men with gunshot wounds when they were called to a unit on East Street at Five Dock early on Tuesday morning.

One man, identified as National Premier League soccer player John Odisho, was shot in the head and later died in Auburn Hospital.

The second man suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and has been released from hospital.

A third man — aged 28, from Yagoona — turned up at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

He was arrested and later charged with murder, shooting with intent to murder, special aggravated break and enter and committing an indictable offence.

The man has been refused bail and remains in hospital under police guard.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's homicide squad and the Burwood Area Command set up Strike Force Wesson to investigate the shootings, which they say are connected.

Investigators are still searching for a fourth man.

Friends and fellow players shocked

The Southern Districts Football Association (SDFSA) has paid tribute to John Odisho, who was recently signed to play for Parramatta FC.

The association said Mr Odisho's father Baji Odisho is a long-serving player for Fairfield Bulls and AC United.

"Our association would like to pass on our condolences to the Odisho family for the loss of 24-year-old John Odisho on Tuesday," it said in a statement on social media.

"John played his junior football for Marconi Stallions FC and Fairfield Bulls SC and later went on to play for Granville Rage Football Club.

"SDSFA is looking to support the Odisho family through this hard time. We ask that if any of our member clubs also want to donate to the family, please contact our office.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Odisho family during this difficult time."

A fellow football player and friend expressed deep sadness at the loss.

"Rest in peace John, one of the best Assyrian soccer players growing up and such a kind-hearted man," he said.


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