A Post Office worker was shot dead Friday in England and his father seriously injured during an armed robbery at their village post office by three balaclava-clad men.

Craig Hodson-Walker was shot during the robbery at the family-run Fairfield Stores in Fairfield, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire at 8:20 a.m. He was prounounced dead 40 minutes later.

His father Ken was shot in the leg by the men, who were armed with a handgun and a sledgehammer, and is being treated in a hospital.

The Welsh family, including mother Judy and another child, are said to have moved to the area some years ago.

David Green, 59, a builder who lives near the shop, said the mother and father are believed to be in their 50s, and their son and daughter in their 20s.

"Everybody knows everybody here. They are a lovely family, just lovely people really. We always have a little chat," Green said.

He said police had cordoned off the road just outside his home and were making door-to-door inquiries.

Locals described Fairfield as a small but friendly village. It is close to the M5 and M42 motorways, with some residents commuting to Birmingham and Worcester.

Villagers said they knew little about the shooting, saying police had simply told them they were dealing with a "major incident."

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