The heartbroken grandfather of a five-year-old boy, who was shot in the face by his cousin while on a rural property near the Queensland-NSW border, said curiosity got the better of them.
It's understood the boys were playing in the shed at a family home along Granite Belt Drive at Cottonvale on Wednesday when the boy's 12-year-old cousin picked up a rifle.
The rifle fired and the young boy was left with a gunshot wound to his face.
The boy was rushed to Stanthorpe Hospital with a facial wound before being airlifted to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The victim's devastated grandfather, Tony Calvisi, said the boys knew they were banned from touching guns.
“They were playing with something they were always told never to touch, and I don’t know why,” Mr Calvisi told News Corp.
“(The gun) was in a place where they shouldn’t have got to it. But children, they find things.”
He said the the Calvisi family had lived in the area for five generations and that was the gunshot was the first accident of its kind.
“We’re really upset about what’s happened. We can’t put it into words," Mr Calvisi added.