Toddler shoots herself after finding unsecured gun on NSW property

A three-year-old girl has undergone surgery after shooting herself with a replica air pistol which police say she found on a property near Byron Bay, on the NSW North Coast.

Police said the incident happened on a property at Ballina, south of Byron Bay, on Tuesday evening.

In a statement released to media on Wednesday afternoon, police said the toddler was staying at the North Creek Road property when she found an unsecured replica air pistol, or BB gun, at around 7pm.


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“The three-year-old girl allegedly discharged the weapon, shooting herself in the leg,” police said in the statement.

Exactly where on the property the toddler found the firearm is not known.

A 39-year-old man drove the child to Ballina District Hospital, where she has since undergone surgery to remove the projectile from her leg.

Fortunately, she escaped serious injury and is now recovering in a stable condition.

Police were called to the hospital where they interviewed the 39-year-old man, believed to be the girl’s father, and seized the replica pistol.

Detectives are now investigating the matter and say charges are expected to be laid.