A man accidentally shot his son and teenage friend while rabbit hunting in Central Victoria, Australia on Sunday.
Police say the boys were walking up a ridge in the man’s path when the 48 year old fired his shotgun at a rabbit on a farm around noon.
The 15 year old suffered shotgun pellet wounds to his face, chest and pelvis and was flown to the nearby hospital for treatment. The 14 year old, the man’s son, was flown to the same hospital and listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to his chest and arm.
The man and boys did not own the farm but were given permission to hunt on the property. The man was an experienced hunter and the boys were not carrying any firearms.
In November 2010, a 16-year-old boy was shot dead while hunting rabbits with a friend in Merriang, Australia. The two boys were tracking a rabbit with telescopic sights on their guns when one boy fired a shot which struck the other in the back of the head.
Another rabbit hunting trip ended in tragedy in 2009, when a 17-year-old boy died from 12-gauge shotgun which accidentally discharged into his abdomen on a property off the Calder Highway in Keilor.