‘Still way to go’ says sister of shot teen

A TEENAGE boy shot in the stomach in what is believed to be a hunting accident is in a serious but stable condition at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

The 17-year-old, whose family has asked for his name to be suppressed, was hunting with two other men at an olive farm on Collins Rd, Glen Aplin, when the incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It is alleged the young Stanthorpe man was standing on the back of a ute while two 44-year-old men got into the front of the vehicle.

It was then a gun fired, with a bullet going through the roof and hitting the boy in the stomach.

Stanthorpe police said the teenager's gunshot wounds were life threatening.

The victim was treated at the Stanthorpe Hospital before being flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The boy's sister said the family had been flooded with calls from concerned friends and relatives.

"It was touch and go for a while there," she said.

"He has a lot of abdominal issues.

"He is stable but there is still a long way to go."

Senior Sergeant and Stanthorpe Officer in Charge Mark Ireland said police were continuing their investigations into the incident.

Local police said this was a timely reminder to always be careful when using firearms.


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