UPDATE 2:00 PM | A 15-YEAR-OLD boy who was shot in the head at point-blank range at his home in Sydney’s south-west on Good Friday has sadly died in hospital.
Police say the teenager was asleep when a gunman kicked down the front door of his family’s Moresby Avenue home in Glenfield around 6am.
According to reports, the gunman – believed to be a man aged in his late teens or early 20s – ran upstairs where he was confronted by the 15-year-old’s mother.
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The man allegedly threatened the woman with a pistol, forcing her to retreat back into her bedroom and hide.
He then walked into her son’s bedroom and shot him in the head at point-blank range before running out of the house.
Two small children, aged just one and seven, were asleep in a nearby room at the time.
Alive but in a critical condition, the 15-year-old was rushed to Westmead’s Children’s Hospital under a police escort.
Sadly, though, his injuries were too severe and he could not be saved.
Police released a statement just before 1.30pm, confirming the teen had died shortly after 11am.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad have since taken over the investigation.
The Moresby Avenue home, now a crime scene, has been examined by forensic police and officers have canvassed the suburb in search for the shooter who remains at large.
He is described as being aged between 18 and 20, with a thin build, and was last seen wearing grey tracksuit pants, a navy blue hooded jacket, and white joggers.
Police warn the man may still be armed. Anyone who sees the man is urged not to approach him but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
FIRST: A 15-year-old boy is fighting for life after he was shot in the head at close range at a home in Sydney’s south west this morning.
Emergency services were called to a home on Moresby Avenue, Glenfield, about 6.10am and found a teenage boy with a gunshot wound to his head.
He was treated at the scene before being rushed to Westmead Hospital with a police escort.
His condition is reported to be critical.
According to reports, a man stormed the home around 6.00am and ran upstairs, where he was confronted by the teenager’s mother.
He is believed to have been armed with a small pistol.
The woman then ran in to her bedroom and shut the door.
The attacker has then gone in to the teenager’s room and shot him at close range before running off down the street.
A 1-year-old and 7-year-old were also believed to have been home at the time in a separate bedroom.
A crime scene has been established and a canvass of the neighbourhood will be conducted.
Police are now looking for a man described as being aged between 18 and 20, with a thin build, who was last seen wearing grey tracksuit pants, a navy blue hooded jacket and white joggers. It is believed he may be armed.
Police urge anyone who sees this man not to approach him but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
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