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Moments before lawyer gunned down

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Mahmoud Abbas was shot in July last year. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

Shocking CCTV footage of the moment a Sydney defence lawyer was ambushed outside his home has been released.

Mahmoud Abbas was shot in the stomach and right leg as he was on the driveway of his Narelle Cres home in Greenacre on July 26, 2023.

NSW Police have released footage showing the moments before he was shot as they continue to investigate the incident.

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Footage shows Mr Abbas getting into his car as the shooter approaches him. Picture: NSW Police
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Mr Abbas recovered in hospital. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

In the video, a balaclava-clad gunman dressed in black from head-to-toe appears from behind a black Jeep on the opposite side of the suburban street.

Wielding a gun, the man bolts over the road to Mr Abbas and shoots him as he approaches his BMW in his driveway.

Neighbours reported hearing three shots fired on July 26, with Mr Abbas shot in the stomach and right leg.

On the street he dropped a black leather briefcase, several $50 notes and pieces of paper, before he was able to stagger inside and call himself an ambulance.

He was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition after being treated at the scene by paramedics, and has since recovered from his injuries.

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Police are still investigating the shooting. Picture: NSW Police
NSW Police stills over Greenacre shooting
Police have also released images of an SUV which is believed to have been involved. Picture: NSW Police

The gunman has not yet been found by NSW Police, with the investigation being led by the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad and Task Force Magnus under Strike Force Alverstone.

Vision was released by the unit on July 27 of the black Jeep the gunman was hiding behind, after it was recovered in Wiley Park.

As the investigation continues, detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the incident, the identity of the male, or the movements of the car to come forward.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.