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A 15-year-old boy is in a serious condition after he was shot in the back while hunting

A 15-year-old boy is in a serious condition after he was shot in the back while hunting on a remote property north of Bathurst.

NSW Police have not confirmed multiple reports that the shotgun accidentally discharged after being left on the back of a ute.

The teenager was taken by helicopter from Sofala near Bathurst to Westmead Children's Hospital.
The teenager was taken by helicopter from Sofala near Bathurst to Westmead Children’s Hospital.Photo: Seven News

A police spokesman said there are a “number of scenarios” that police are investigating, but that at this stage it appears to have been an accidental discharge.

Emergency services were called to Ilford Road, Sofala, in NSW’s western region, at about 9.30am on Sunday after reports that a boy had been shot.

Boy in hospital after shooting accident

A 15-year-old was taken by helicopter over 200km to Westmead hospital after he was shot in the back on a remote property in Sofala near Bathurst. Vision: Seven News.

The teenager was first taken by ambulance to Bathurst Airport before being flown to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for treatment.

After watching the boy being loaded into the air ambulance, his family then made the three-hour journey to the Sydney hospital by car.

The Orana-Mid Western Police District attended the property and have commenced investigations.

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