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Sydney shooting victim identified as Parramatta 'football warrior' John Odisho

Parramatta FC player John Odisho. Source: Facebook

Sydney shooting victim, John Odisho, has been described as a "key signing" for the Parramatta Football Club.

The president of the Parramatta Melita Eagles football club has released a tribute to 'senior player' John Odisho, who was killed in a shooting in Five Dock early on Tuesday morning.

"It with deep sadness that we share with you all some devastating news," David Frendo wrote on the club's Facebook page.

"Senior player John Odisho has sadly lost his life in a horrific incident in Five Dock earlier this week."

Mr Odisho was described as a "key signing" for the club's 2019 season.

In the comments, mourners described the 25-year-old as a "football warrior". 

"On behalf of the Parramatta Melita Eagles Sports Club Board, I offer our heartfelt condolences to John’s family, his friends and to all personnel involved with John during his time at our club," the statement read.

Emergency services were called to a unit on East Street at around 3.45am where Mr Odisho, suffering a gunshot wound to the head, and another 24-year-old man, with a wound on his shoulder, were located. 

Both were taken to Royal Prince Alfred hospital where Mr Odisho died after being placed on life support. 

The younger man remains in a stable condition.

Strike Force Wesson has been established to investigate the shooting and will investigate whether a 28-year-old man who presented to Auburn Hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach shortly after the attack is connected to the shooting. 

"Investigations are continuing and anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information that may assist police is urged to come forward," the NSW Police Force said in a statement.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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