Police were called to Eldon Street in Pitt Town regarding a gunshot wound to the head at around 6.30pm Friday.
Josh Taylor, 19, was in the driver’s seat of a Commodore outside the Pitt Town IGA Supermarket when he pulled the trigger of a Smith and Wesson gun, and the single bullet was fired on the first shot.
Police are still investigating the circumstances, but three teenagers in the car allegedly told investigators he was playing a game of Russian Roulette.
He was rushed to Westmead Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
Russian roulette is a potentially lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver pistol, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against their head, and pulls the trigger. "Russian" refers to the supposed country of origin, and roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the revolver's cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette wheel.