A 21-year-old man involved in a pub fight with a teenager who
was shot dead in a western Sydney street has been charged
with his murder.
Jed Coates (18) was fatally shot in the upper chest on
Wednesday night, on his way home from watching the Blues win
the State of Origin at the Colyton Hotel.
It's believed he had been celebrating his first Origin at the
local pub as an 18-year-old.
Police and paramedics arrived at Nevada Avenue, Colyton,
shortly before 11pm and gave the young man CPR before taking
him to Westmead Hospital.
But he died a short time later.
Police confirmed on Thursday they had arrested a 21-year-old
Colyton man at a house on the same street as the shooting
just after 3am.
He was charged with murder and will appear at Mount Druitt
Local Court on Thursday.
Detective Inspector Barry Vincent said Mr Coates was gunned
down following an earlier incident at the Colyton Hotel
involving both men and a number of other people.
"It'll be alleged that there has (then) been an altercation
between the two persons here in the street," he told
"We believe an incident predicated what happened here in the
Det Insp Vincent would not confirm how many other people were
there when Mr Coates was shot, but said police had received
information from witnesses.
Neighbours reported hearing an argument in the street just
before the incident.
Crystal Nikua, 32, said her daughter heard a loud noise
outside but thought it was fireworks to celebrate NSW's
Origin series win over Queensland.
"We didn't think anything of it and came outside and saw all
the police cars," she told AAP.
"It wasn't until this morning that we found out it was a
Mr Coates's family were told of his death overnight.
"Obviously it's a traumatic incident for the family," Det
Insp Vincent said.
On Thursday morning, homicide detectives conducted extensive
searches of a house on Nevada Avenue and a car outside.
There was no confirmation whether the gun had been found.
Dean White, a friend of Mr Coates, held back tears as he came
to terms with the news.
"He was a good bloke, with a big heart," he told Macquarie