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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