Tom Ings, 12, was shot in the face when a .22 rifle went off on a property near Young. He is now recovering in hospital.
Tom Ings, 12, was shot in the face when a .22 rifle went off on a property near Young. He is now recovering in hospital.

'Curiousity' led to 12-year-old being shot in the face

CHILDISH curiosity of two NSW country kids is believed to have left one with bullet wounds to his jaw and shoulder after Australia's fourth accidental child shooting in a month.

The horrific event on Wednesday evening was Australia's fourth accidental child shooting in barely a month.

Tom Ings was visiting a friend's property at Thuddungra, near Young, an hour north of his home village of Binalong in the Southern Tablelands, when the pair are believed to have left the main house and wandered across to a nearby shed.

It is understood curiosity led the pair to examine a .22 calibre rifle and it was as one of the boys was replacing the rifle in its cabinet when it went off.

The single round ricocheted into the left side of Tom's face, hitting his cheek and jaw and then continued on to enter his left shoulder about 7pm. It left two entry and exit wounds and caused serious but non-life threatening injuries and Tom is in a stable condition at The Childrens' Hospital at Westmead.

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