A 12-year-old boy has been shot in the face while playing with a rifle.

Police said the child was playing with a .22 rifle with a friend on a rural property near Young, west of Sydney, when the gun was accidentally fired.

New South Wales Police said the round ricocheted before hitting the boy in the face.

The boy was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Westmead for specialist care.

Police say they were told the boy and a friend were in possession of a .22 rifle which discharged and a round ricocheted into the face of the boy.

He is in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

While investigations into the matter are continuing, police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances involved.

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  • How does a 12 year old child have possession of a gun? This is unacceptable and absolutely preventable.


  • Children should not be playing with guns!


  • Very tragic and should not have happened. So glad the young boy isn’t in a life threatening condition, it could have been so much worse.

    Guns are supposed to be locked in a gun safe and only the owner of the gun/s have access to that safe. So many questions, why did the boys have had access to a loaded gun! Being x-farmers we always ensured our guns were not loaded, locked away, and separate from ammunition, and most importantly – our children never had access to any of them.


  • Good to hear he’s stable and not in life threatening condition !
    But how a 12 year old and his friend get to play with a 22 riffle ?


  • Glad he is ok, what a terrible accident


  • don’t let your child and his friend handle these things and be a responsible owner and parent. The parent should have his license taken away now because this is careless behavious


  • That’s why we have gun laws- how did kids get a hold of the gun in the first place and why wasn’t the safety on? Why was it loaded? It’s lucky that the kid wasn’t killed.


  • Glad to hear he is in a stable condition,wishing him a full recovery.


  • I’m glad the situation wasn’t more tragic.


  • These accidents make me quite sad – so tragic and guns really do need to be away from children.


  • Indeed. If you own a gun, keep it safe away from kids!!


  • If people are going to have guns on their properties they need to make sure that they are locked away AND that any children are educated properly about them


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