A TEENAGE boy has died in hospital after being shot in the head during an incident east of Melbourne.
The 17-year-old was shot in the Neerim East Forest, around 120km east of the capital city, on Sunday.
He was reportedly on an off-road track deep in the forest with two friends, aged 17 and 23, at the time.
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He was flown to hospital in a critical condition but sadly could not be saved and died on Tuesday, police said.
The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are yet to be determined. The teen’s mates are assisting police.
The forest is described by locals as a popular hunting spot, but the teen is not thought to have been hunting.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the teen was hit in the head by a stray bullet which had ricocheted off an object.
Police say they are not looking for any suspects at this time.
Anyone with information is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.