A 10-year-old boy lost an eye after a 14-year-old domestic help accidentally fired at him from the owner’s gun at an upscale locality on Sohna Road on Friday.
According to doctors at Artemis Hospital, the boy — the son of a maid at the same house — lost vision in the right eye.
“The bullet was fired from a close range. It hit the boy in the right eye and miraculously missed the head. However, the next 24 hours are crucial,” said Dr Vishal Sehgal, medical superintendent, Artemis Hospital.
Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal said the incident took place on Friday afternoon in Malibu Towne when the house owner, Sanjeev Sehrawat, was visiting an ailing relative.
The licenced revolver belonged to Sehrawat, the police said.
According to the police, the boy knew where the revolver was kept. “The 14-year-old had been employed in the house for a long time. He somehow managed to get hold of the revolver. Preliminary investigations into the case indicate that the weapon went off accidentally,” Mittal said.
Mittal added that it seemed to be a case of irresponsible handling of firearms by the owner, who was called to the police station to record his statement.
“No one, including the parents of the injured boy, has levelled allegations against the minor,” the commissioner added.