Shot Glenorchy teen stable

A Glenorchy teenager remained in Dunedin Hospital in a stable condition after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a rifle and lodging a bullet in his brain.

Sergeant Steve Watts, of Queenstown, said the 16-year-old boy had found a loaded firearm at his house on Thursday evening. Watts said it was uncertain whether the firearm was an air rifle or a .22 rifle.

The boy, who was at home with his father at the time, was transported to hospital by helicopter in a serious condition.

A hospital spokesman said the boy was in a stable condition in a general ward yesterday. Investigations into the accidental shooting were continuing.

The Southland Times