A 12-year-old Thuddungra boy is in a stable condition in Westmead Children’s Hospital after a bullet ricocheted and hit him in the cheek and shoulder. Police were told a 12-year-old boy was at a rural property with a group of people near Young on Wednesday night. The boy and a friend were in possession of a .22 rifle which discharged and a round ricocheted. Young NSW Ambulance Inspector Stephen Pollard said the 12-year-old was hit by the bullet on the left side of his face with the bullet continuing on through his shoulder, leaving two entry and two exit wounds. The boy was driven by road to meet officers before being transported to Young Hospital. The Orange Base Helicopter was called and took the boy to Westmead Children’s Hospital for specialist care. Police established a crime scene at the Thuddungra property as inquiries into the incident continue. In NSW children between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible to receive a Minors Firearms Permit.