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 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.
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.”
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