Merrylands shootings: 'dark streets'

Police have urged online shoppers to be cautious when collecting purchases after two men were shot during a botched armed robbery in Merrylands.

Three men remain on the run after shooting a 19-year-old who was picking up a mobile phone advertised online and a 62-year-old who confronted them.

Rynal Nand, 19, and his two friends were ambushed by four men when they drove to Landsdowne Street to get the phone about 10.50pm on Wednesday.

The group of men flagged the teens down, climbed in the car, robbed them and then shot Mr Nand in his stomach, chest and arm.

The teens managed to flee and drove to a nearby petrol station on Woodville Road where they called police.

A resident, Graham Hunt, who heard the incident and went outside to confront the offenders was then shot in the chest.

"I would be sensible and cautious about people that wanted to conduct transactions in the late and early hours of the morning in dark residential streets without clear locations." - Superintendent Scott Whyte

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he found Mr Hunt lying on the ground bleeding.

‘‘I heard four to five gunshot 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.’’

Rosehill police Superintendent Scott Whyte said the two men were ‘‘innocent victims’’ and this was the first incident he was aware of armed robbers targeting people collecting online purchases.

It is understood the mobile phone had been advertised for sale on the online classified site Gumtree.

‘‘I would treat every incident on an individual basis. I would be sensible and cautious about people that wanted to conduct transactions in the late and early hours of the morning in dark residential streets without clear locations,’’ Superintendent Whyte said.

One man, Yousiff Chami, 27, has been charged over the alleged ambush. He appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday and has been remanded in custody.

The two injured men are in Westmead Hospital, the older one is in a critical condition while the younger one remains stable.

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