A western Sydney resident has discovered his neighbour sprawled on the grass with a hole in his chest after hearing gunshots ring out near his home.
The Merrylands man is in a critical condition on Thursday, while one man has been charged and three others are still on the loose.
Police charged Yousiff Chami, 27, after raiding a home in Lansdowne Street in Merrylands, metres from where the double shooting took place.
Details of the shooting aftermath emerged with a witness saying he found his neighbour, understood to be Graeme Hunt, on the grass outside his home on Wednesday night.
“I lifted up his shirt and I saw a hole in his chest,” the witness, who asked not to be named, told AAP.
“His shirt was ripped and there was a patch of blood.”
The man said Mr Hunt, a 62-year-old truck driver who has lived in the area for 30 years, thought he had been tasered.
Police believe Mr Hunt was an innocent bystander who came out of his home after hearing a commotion and stumbled upon an armed robbery playing out on the street.
A 19-year-old was also shot during the armed robbery.
The teen had driven to Lansdowne Street with his two mates to buy a mobile phone when he was ambushed.
A man jumped into the teen’s car, allegedly demanding cash and property.
The 19-year-old was shot multiple times in the chest, arm and stomach and is in Westmead Hospital in a stable condition.
The teen and his friends drove to a nearby service station to raise the alarm.
Chami appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday afternoon on firearm and robbery charges.
He was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to May 22.
Police Detective Superintendent Scott Whyte said every effort would be made to catch the three other alleged attackers.
“We will be throwing every resource we possibly can to get these three outstanding – for want of a better term – grubs,” he said.