Sons 'critical' after Mother's Day shooting

Two stepbrothers are in a critical condition after a shooting incident at a Mother's Day family gathering in Australia.

Police were called to Bingleburra in the Hunter region of New South Wales about midday on Sunday following reports two men had been shot during a domestic incident.

Officers were told a 28-year-old man and his 35-year-old stepbrother had become involved in a fight before the older man was shot in the chest.

The younger man fled and was found nearby with a gunshot wound.

AAP understands the family had gathered to celebrate Mother's Day when the shooting broke out.

Both men were treated at the scene and flown to John Hunter Hospital.

Initially, the 28-year-old was reported to be in a critical condition while the older man's condition was serious but stable.

However, by Monday afternoon, both men were in a critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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