Guest Accidentally Shoots Up Waldorf

4 wounded as gun goes off in wedding guest's pocket
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2015 6:08 AM CDT
Guest Accidentally Shoots Up Waldorf
In this 2014 file photo, the fabled Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. A wedding guest’s gun went off accidentally Saturday, June 13, 2015, and a few people suffered minor injuries.   (Mark Lennihan)

A police source says a wedding guest's gun went off accidentally at New York's swanky Waldorf Astoria Hotel and four people suffered minor injuries from debris. The incident happened at 7:25pm last night in the Park Avenue hotel's lobby. A police official with knowledge of the investigation says the guest's gun discharged and the bullet hit the floor. He says four people were hit by either shrapnel from the bullet or pieces of the floor. The New York Post names the shooter as 42-year-old Vladimir Gotlibovsky of Brooklyn and says the gun went off in his pocket, and "the bullet blasted a gaping hole with burnt edges in his pants."

"It’s like something like you see on CSI," one tourist outside the hotel told the Post. The shooter was taken into custody. A Fire Department spokesman says the four victims were taken to hospitals with minor injuries. The Waldorf Astoria is one of New York's best-known hotels. It's where the US president stays during the United Nations General Assembly. (More Waldorf Astoria stories.)

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