Four Injured in Accidental Shooting at NYC's Waldorf Astoria Hotel
A wedding guest and three hotel workers suffered injuries on Saturday following an accidental shooting inside Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria hotel, according to the New York Post.
Brothers Vladimir and Felix Gotlibovsky were arrested when 42-year-old Vladimir accidentally fired the gun during a wedding ceremony at the 47-story hotel. However prosecution has been deferred while an investigation into the incident continues.
"Prosecution of this case is deferred while the investigation continues into the circumstances surrounding the discharge of the firearm and its removal from the scene," said Manhattan District Attorney's Office spokesman Patrick Muncie in a statement via the Post. "The person believed to have discharged the weapon has a permit authorizing him to possess and carry it."
Vladimir had been charged with reckless endangerment and assault, while 51-year-old Felix was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
Maya Rafailovich, a guest at the wedding party, suffered a wound on her forehead when the gun went off. Three hotel staffers also suffered minor injuries resulting from shattered glass and debris.
According to New York's ABC 7, hotel officials allowed the bride and groom to complete the religious ceremony at the hotel but requested everyone leave afterward around 10 p.m. ET.
The Post reports investigators are considering charges against two others who allegedly assisted in transporting the firearm back to Vladimir's home in Brooklyn.
New York's iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel opened back in 1931 and was the world's tallest hotel for more than three decades. Today the hotel boasts more than 1,400 rooms, but remains one of the Big Apple's premier accommodations.
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