The grandfather of a five-year-old boy left critically injured after he was shot in the face by an older cousin in southern Queensland has described the shooting as a “tragic accident”.
Cameron Calvisi was expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday afternoon as he remained in a critical but stable condition in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
He was rushed to the Brisbane hospital after emergency services were called to his grandfather’s property at Cottonvale, near Stanthorpe on the New South Wales border, about 4pm on Tuesday.
Police confirmed the boy was accidentally shot by his 11-year-old cousin with a rifle.
A spokesman said the boy's father took him to Stanthorpe Hospital before he was airlifted to the Lady Cilento.
On Wednesday, the boy’s grandfather, Tony Calvisi, said the “unfortunate accident” was “ a bad thing that happened” but would not go into detail about how it happened.
“Cameron will be going into surgery this afternoon and until he comes out, we’re going to know nothing,” he said.
“He’s stable and doing well. That’s all they’re telling us. That’s what I’m telling you.
“But until he comes out of surgery I won’t know anything more because I’m here and he’s down in Brisbane.”
A spokesman for the hospital had earlier confirmed the boy was in a critical but stable condition.
A police spokesman said officers were investigating how the older boy came to have possession of the rifle.