By Terry Trucco
Back in the 1980s you had to check your weapon before entering the Manila Hotel, the ritziest hotel in the Philippines. Another grand dame hotel on the other side of the world may want to follow that example.
No one was seriously injured in the shooting at the Waldorf-Astoria during what has become the Wedding of the Weekend, never mind that no one knows who actually got married. Still, “Hotel Hell,” as the Daily News put it, isn’t exactly the front page headline hotel PR people dream about.
The saga, in case you missed it, unfurled in the Waldorf’s freshly restored Park Avenue lobby, where the bride and groom were posing for pictures against a storied Art Deco backdrop of creamy white columns, polished mosaic floors and enormous silver urns. On Saturday night at around 7:30 p.m., the festivities halted abruptly when a gun owned by one of the guests went off (accidentally according to reports), shooting a hole through the shooter’s pocket and injuring four guests, including a woman in a long black cocktail dress whose forehead was grazed by a bullet.
The 42-year-old gun-toting guest, apprehended at the scene in a sedate navy blue suit, has a permit to carry a weapon, and as the owner of a liquor store in the Bronx carries it for protection, police told the New York Post. Why he felt the need to arm himself with a 9mm Ruger at a fancy wedding remains an unanswered question. (more…)