Old enmity between boucers left one of them injured when two others shot at him while he was exercising at a Sector-26 gym here on Tuesday morning. While two bullets hit 26-year-old Akhil Ghera of Manimajra in his abdomen, another bullet missed him.
The incident took place around 9.40am when Akhil was exercising at Flexity fitness centre along with half a dozen people. The two accused — identified as Money of Kharar and Gagan of Nayagaon, both in their early 20s — entered the gym, situated on the first storey, and shot at the victim with a .32-bore country-made gun, said witnesses.
Assuming the victim is dead, the accused fled. Sources said the duo was accompanied by another person who had stayed downstairs. Police reached the spot and rushed Akhil to the PGIMER, where he is said to be out of danger.
The police team collected blood samples from the crime scene and took a blood-stained towel in its possession too.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill, who reached the spot, said: “The victim and the accused worked as bouncers at different places. Akhil had denied the accused entry to some event. Feeling insulted, they sought revenge.” A source, however, claimed Akhil was not the actual target as the accused were looking for another bouncer, who had left the gym five minutes before their arrival. “Akhil is the other bouncer’s friend,” he said.
Mukesh, who works as a helper at the gym, said: “I was standing very close to Akhil. One of the two men fired at him, and within seconds, he fell. It was really terrifying.”
Balbir, who sells tea outside the building, said he saw two youths running out of the gym.
“Next I saw people bringing Akhil downstairs and he was bleeding. Three cops were also having tea at my stall when the incident took place. None of us heard the gunshots due to loud music,” said Balbir.
The accused have been booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act at the Sector-26 police station. Teams of different wings of the Chandigarh Police have been dispatched to nab the accused. “We are also investigating the role of the third suspect, who had remained downstairs,” said the SSP.