Botched armed robbery ends in murder

ONE man has been charged with murder and another remains on the run after a grocer was shot dead during a botched armed robbery in Sydney's west.

The Villawood shopping centre, where two armed men allegedly threatened staff at a fruit shop with a gun and hammer, remained cordoned off on Sunday night.

Police were called to the scene late Saturday, where they found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head.

Attempts to revive him failed.

Witnesses told police the victim had tried to intervene before he was shot.

A 27-year-old Sadlier man was arrested at the scene and charged with armed robbery in company with a weapon.

He was refused bail on Sunday.

The hunt for the other alleged robber continued.

The shooting was one in a string of violent robberies across Sydney over the weekend.

At Dural, in the city's far west, a couple was sleeping when three masked men smashed open a front glass door and forced their way into the home.

The 28-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were tied up and threatened with a machete and handgun.

The robbers fled with mobile phones, the woman's handbag and cash.

After managing to free themselves, the couple, who were uninjured, phoned police.

Investigations are continuing.

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