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Teenage Boy Fighting For Life After Being Shot In The Back

A 15-year-old boy has been left fighting for life after being shot in the back in what police believe was a tragic accident.

The teenager sustained a gunshot wound at around 9:30am on Sunday at a property on Illford-Sofala Road, Sofala, more than 230km north-west of Sydney.

Police commenced an investigation but believe that the incident was an accident with reports that the firearm accidentally discharged after being left on the back of a ute, which then rolled and hit something.

The teenage boy was taken in a four-wheel drive to meet an ambulance, which then met up with a second specialist ambulance 10 kilometres away.

“He was then treated in that ambulance by paramedics and drive to Bathurst,”said NSW Ambulance Parkes’ Inspector Peter Rolands.

The boy was then placed in an induced coma and put on life support, before being airlifted in a helicopter from Bathurst airport.

The helicopter flew the 15-year-old 200 kilometres to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney’s northwest.

The boys family made the 3-and-a-half hour journey to Westmead from Bathurst by car to be by his side.

His current condition is still unknown.

The incident is still being investigated by the Orana-Mid Western Police District but at this stage it does appear to be an accident.

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