Boy, 12, accidentally shot in face on property near Thuddungra, NSW Police say

Boy, 12, accidentally shot in face on property near Thuddungra, NSW Police say

Boy, 12, accidentally shot in face on property near Thuddungra, NSW Police say

Updated 28 September 2017, 7:55 AEST

A 12-year-old boy is flown to hospital after being shot in the face with a rifle on a property in south-western NSW, in what police believe is an accident.

A 12-year-old boy has been flown to hospital after being shot in the face with a rifle on a property in south-western New South Wales, in what police believe was an accident.

Police said the boy was with a group of people on a rural property in Thuddungra, near Young.

Officers said the boy and a friend got their hands on a .22 rifle which fired, shooting a round which ricocheted into the boy's face about 7:00pm.

He was airlifted to Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital where he remains in a stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers from Cootamundra Local Area Command have established a crime scene at the property, which is about 390 kilometres west of Sydney.

Police are speaking to witnesses as they try to work out how a loaded rifle came within arm's reach of a child.

Last month, a three-year-old girl was shot dead after handling a sawn off shotgun at Lalor Park in Sydney's west.