Boy critical after ‘accidental shooting’

A TEENAGE boy is tonight on life support, fighting for his life in hospital after accidentally being shot on a property in Central West New South Wales.

The boy was reportedly shot in the back with a shotgun on the Sofala property, near Mudgee, on Sunday morning.

Emergency services were called to the rural property on Ilford Sofala Road about 9.30am.


It’s understood the shotgun had been placed on the back seat of a vehicle and discharged after rolling off.

The boy was rushed by ambulance to Bathurst Hospital before being airlifted to Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital where he remains tonight, in a critical condition.

The teen’s injuries were so severe, he was given a blood transfusion and placed in an induced coma before being flown more than 200km to Sydney.

Police attended the scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

Sofala is small village home to fewer than 300 people, situated approximately 44km north of Bathurst.

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Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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