UPDATE: 12:22 P.M. EST
The man who accidentally fired his gun at a Waldorf-Astoria wedding reception on Saturday has been charged with reckless endangerment, assault, and more. NYDailyNews reports:
Vladamir Gotlibovsky, 42, was charged with reckless endangerment, assault and tampering with physical evidence after firing his gun into the floor of the hotel’s lobby, cops said. The bullet grazed Maya Rafailovich, 55, in the head and wounded three other guests who were hit by debris after the round struck the ground, officials said. They were in the middle of taking wedding pictures.
We’ll continue to keep you updated.
Your wedding is supposed to be the happiest time of your life but it may have been the worst for one couple who tied the knot in Manhattan.
According to new reports, 5 people were injured during a wedding reception at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel today – and all because one guest decided to play with a gun.
On Saturday, during a wedding reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, a guest was playing with a gun and accidentally fired a bullet that injured five people, NBC New York reports.
The bullet hit one person after it ricocheted off the floor, the New York Times reports. Three were injured by broken glass, marble, and tile.
According to NBC, four people were taken to hospitals. Their injuries were not life threatening. One person refused attention at the scene. (Presumably their injury was also not life threatening.)
The site continues:
The New York Post reports that the gun allegedly belonged to one Vladimir Gotlibovsky. It, apparently, went off in his pocket:
The bullet blasted a gaping hole with burnt edges in his pants before the gun fell to the ground.
Gotlibovsky, of Mill Basin, Brooklyn, was unscathed, but the slug ricochetted and grazed the head of Maya Rafailovich, 55, of Brighton Beach.
She was wheeled out of the hotel on a gurney, shoeless and with orange straps criss-crossing her little black cocktail dress. A white bandage covered her forehead.
Her eyes were open — and angry — as she was rolled into a Bellevue Hospital-bound ambulance.
It is being reported that the guy told police he has a permit for the weapon:
According to the Post, Gotlibovsky told police he had a permit. The gun has not yet been recovered: police believe Gotlibovsky gave it to a relative, who they expect will turn it in as evidence.
“It’s looking accidental — there’s a hole in his pocket. The woman hit was in no way the intended target,” a police source told the New York Daily News.
“We need to know what happened. Guns just don’t go off… And we know it wasn’t a shotgun wedding.”
We’re glad no one was seriously hurt.
SOURCE: Gawker | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Five Injured During Accidental Shooting At New York City Wedding Reception was originally published on globalgrind.com