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Lakemba shooting followed strata row

A neighbour of the 85-year-old man who is accused of shooting a 66-year-old man in a Lakemba apartment building says the two were arguing about strata management. Nine News.

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An octogenarian in his hospital bed has been charged with shooting with intent to murder after an argument at a strata meeting in south-western Sydney.

The 85-year-old, Ili Studor, allegedly shot 66-year-old Stephen Smith in the neck, on the landing of Cruachan Court on Quigg Street, Lakemba on Thursday night.

On Friday afternoon, he was charged with shooting with intent to murder, possessing ammunition without a permit and possessing an unregistered firearm.

Forensic police photograph the scene outside the unit block.

Forensic police photograph the scene outside the unit block. Photo: Wolter Peeters

He will face court in a bedside hearing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Saturday.

Police said the octogenarian suffered head injuries on the stairs inside the building after the shooting.

The strata manager, 66, and the octogenarian both remain in hospital.

"It's very lucky no one else was seriously injured", said Inspector David McCloskey when the older man allegedly pulled out a long rifle at the strata meeting and fired it.

Mercedes Bush, who owns a unit in the block, told Fairfax Media she was one of seven owners who attended the strata meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday. She claims that, during the meeting, the owners voted to "get rid of him [the strata manager]".

Ms Bush said she was standing between the strata manager, whom she named as Stephen Smith, and the 85-year-old, whom she named as Ili Studor, when the shooting occurred.

"I was there last night. I saw it. I was between the man and the other man," Ms Bush said.

"He [Mr Smith] had blood on his neck and I think he jumped from where he is standing last night, he jumped from the stairs ... I saw them in the corner after the shooting ... Mr Stephen is very big, more than Mr Studor; he's only five foot and very skinny and he is 85 now. 

"Of course I was scared. I ran away from them and fled to number six unit to escape from them, but everybody ran away."

Mr Studor had been wearing a black tuxedo for the strata meeting because he had appointed himself acting strata manager, Ms Bush said.

She did not think he was carrying the rifle - which she thought was about 15 centimetres long - when he arrived at the meeting.

The firearm looked like a toy gun, Ms Bush said.

Police said they were called to the block about 6.45pm after reports of a shot being fired.

Ms Bush said Mr Studor had lived in the unit block since 2008, and kept mainly to himself.

"I only know that he has a gun when he shoot the man, but I don't know, he keeps to himself. This is the first time that I saw him that he has a gun, because he shoot the man last night," she said.

"After he shoot him he ran away on the steps going down, and he was on the concrete. I think Mr Stephen jumped from where he was standing last night, jumped from the stairs to grab Mr Studor."

Ms Bush said the owners had been unhappy with the strata manager for several years, and had even made an application to a tribunal to terminate his services.

Another neighbour, Constantine Birbas, told Channel Nine that he had known Mr Studor for nearly eight years and he was shocked to hear of Thursday night's alleged events.

"He's always a quiet person. He told me he was lonely, he had never been married, and he's more than 80 years old," Mr Birbas said.

"He's always active. He ... does little jobs around, and I thought he owned the place, I never ask him and then he's the same religion with us, he send us Christmas postcards with Greek names on it every year.

"I don't believe it. It's unbelievable whatever happened, you know?"

Mr Smith has been contacted for comment.

- with AAP