A Sydney teenager shot dead during a fight after the State of Origin allegedly screamed "shoot me, shoot me" to a high school acquaintance who is accused of pulling the trigger, a court has heard.
Jed Coates, 18, had been at the Colyton Hotel watching the State of Origin game on Wednesday night, just weeks after celebrating his 18th birthday, when police said he became involved in a dispute with a 21-year-old Matthew Perry.
Mr Perry, a Queensland supporter, is accused of later fatally shooting him in the neck.
Mr Coates was taken to Westmead Hospital but died just before midnight on Wednesday, less than an hour after the shooting in Colyton.
Police facts tendered to Mount Druitt Local Court state the victim was kicked out of the Colyton Hotel earlier in the night and walked less than two kilometres to Nevada Avenue.
In this street, another fight broke out between the pair, with the victim arming himself with a shovel and the accused with a rifle.
Mr Perry freely admits he was in a fight with the deceased but during a police interview he denied shooting him.
Neighbours reported hearing an argument and loud noises in the street just before Mr Coates was gunned down not far from his home. One neighbour mistook the noise for fireworks let off by fans celebrating the Blues' Origin win.
Police and paramedics arrived a short time later to find Mr Coates suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body.
At 3.15am on Thursday, homicide detectives arrested Mr Perry, also from Colyton, and took him to Penrith Police Station.
He was charged with one count of murder and was refused bail in court on Thursday afternoon.
Police said they had not recovered the gun allegedly used in the shooting and were searching a home in Colyton.
Mr Coates' friends comforted each other at the scene of the shooting on Thursday morning.
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 Radio.
Mr Coates' twin brother, Sam, paid tribute to his sibling online.
"Rip Jed my brother my twin your a king in my eyes love you bro."
Other friends paid tribute to Mr Coates on social media.
"Rip Jed ... my brother. I love you brother I carnt [sic] even get my head around this," wrote one friend on Facebook.
"You will always be in my heart ... your legacy will always live on, im devastated we couldn't go out together and drink you were taken way to quick and young."
Mr Perry will next appear before court on August 1.
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