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Suspected gunman hands himself in

Matthew Russell.
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A man suspected of fatally shooting another man in south-west Sydney has handed himself in on Tuesday after an extensive manhunt, police say.

Police believe Matthew Russell, 28, fatally shot Qusay al Mhanawi outside his home at Heckenberg, in Sydney’s south-west, on Friday night.

The 46-year-old died at the scene.

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It is believed Mr al Mhanawi, who was sitting in his car, was an innocent victim and the intended targets were two brothers.

Police alleged Mr Russell fired a handgun at the brothers in Matthew Avenue and missed, in what they believed was an altercation over a woman.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione confirmed Mr Russell had handed himself over to police this morning.

“I have been informed a little while ago that Matthew Russell has walked into Bankstown Police Station in the company of his solicitor and is currently assisting police with their inquiries,” he said.

Commissioner Scipione said he expected Mr Russell would be charged later.

The arrest coincides with Mr al Mhanawi’s funeral, which is taking place at Liverpool today.

Mr al Mhanawi was married with a two-year-old daughter.

Five other people have previously been charged with concealing a serious offence over the incident.

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