Sydney boy killed in 'execution style' shooting while in bed

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Close up file image of police tape, near the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia, 16 December 2014.Image source, Getty Images
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The shooting was in the Glenfield area of southwest Sydney

A 15-year-old Australian boy has died after being shot in his bed in what police describe as an "execution style" shooting.

He was shot after an intruder forced entry to his family's home in Sydney at 0600 local time (GMT 2000).

The gunman kicked down the door and threatened the boy's mother before entering his room and shooting him at very close range, police said.

His step-father and young step-siblings were also in the house at the time.

The boy was taken unconscious to hospital soon after, where he later died.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Brett earlier told reporters that the teenager's mother was "extremely distressed".

The gunman covered his face but is described as being fairly tall, of thin build and aged between 18 and 20. Police have appealed to the public for information.