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.