A TEENAGER has been flown to hospital in a critical condition following a possible accidental shooting at Neerim East.
The 17-year-old victim suffered head injuries in the incident near Memory Lane, an off-road track deep in the Neerim East Forest.
Police were last night investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Several people who were with the youth at the time, including two male friends aged 17 and 23, are helping police with their inquiries.
The Herald Sun understands the boy from Nayook, near Neerim East, was in the forest with two others, including his cousin.
Locals described the area as a popular hunting spot, but don’t believe the injured boy was hunting at the time.
There was speculation that the teen had been accidentally shot by a stray bullet which ricochet off an object before hitting him in the head.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the injured teen was initially taken to the local Neerim hospital about 2pm.
He was later flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for further treatment.
His family joined him at the hospital last night.
“The circumstances are yet to be established,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, a crime scene was established at a home in Lalor Park, NSW following the death of a child.
Emergency services were called to a home on Danny Rd just after 8pm Sunday where they found a six-year-old girl with a fatal gunshot wound to her neck.
Detectives from Quakers Hill Local Area Command were last night speaking with the family to determine the cause of the girl’s death.