Two men are in hospital with gun shot wounds and three remain on the run after a botched armed robbery in Merrylands on Wednesday night.
A man, 19, was shot several times after he drove to Lansdowne Street to purchase a mobile phone advertised on a social networking site, police said.
A 62-year-old man who lived in the street was shot in the chest when he went out the front of his house after hearing the incident.
"I seen blood and his shirt was ripped. I lifted up his shirt, I checked and I seen a bullet hole."
Police said the 19-year-old and two other men, aged 17 and 18, were flagged down by two men when they drove into the street to purchase the mobile phone about 10.50pm.
One of the men was allegedly armed with a handgun and got into the back seat of the car and tried to rob them, while another two men approached the car.
A fight broke-out in the car and the 19-year-old was shot in the chest, stomach and arm. The four men ran down the street and the three men in the car drove to a Woodville Road petrol station and contacted police.
The 62-year-old, who heard the incident. was then shot after he came outside his home and confronted the men, police said.
A neighbour, who asked not be named, said he found the man bleeding.
‘‘I heard four to five gunshots and the last gunshot sounded right like under my window. I heard a car take off towards Woodville Road. I ran outside, I looked left and right and I saw nothing, I looked in front me and I see my neighbour lying on the floor,’’ the man said.
‘‘I looked at his chest, upper right torso, I seen blood and his shirt was ripped. I lifted up his shirt, I checked and I seen a bullet hole.
‘‘He’s a top bloke, a top genuine bloke helping with he community, never had a problem with him, really lovely and humble person.’’
‘‘This is just four criminals conducting an armed robbery that has resulted in a tragedy for two people who had no reason to be shot."
Rosehill police Superintendent Scott Whyte said the two injured men were ‘‘innocent targets’’.
‘‘This is just four criminals conducting an armed robbery that has resulted in a tragedy for two people who had no reason to be shot,’’ Superintendent Whyte said.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested over the charges and police expect to lay charges soon.
‘‘We’re expecting the 27-year-old to be charged and we will get the three remaining offenders very soon and to be honest with you the best thing they could do is hand themselves in,’’ he said.
Superintendent Whyte also issued a warning to people seeking to purchase goods online on websites like Ebay or Gumtree.
‘‘I would act with extreme caution if I was asked to conduct a transaction in a residential street in the middle of the night," he said.
The two men remain in hospital, the younger man is in a stable condition and the older man remains in a critical condition.
Police would not confirm if they know the identities of the three men on the run and would only say they were "Middle Eastern in appearance".