5 injured at New York wedding reception after guest accidentally discharges gun: NYT

Police stand guard at the main entrance to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel following a shooting in the lobby during a wedding in the Manhattan borough of New York, on June 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Police stand guard at the main entrance to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel following a shooting in the lobby during a wedding in the Manhattan borough of New York, on June 13, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - A wedding celebration at the posh Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York spun into chaos on Saturday as a guest accidentally discharged a gun, shooting one person and leaving four others injured, The New York Times reported.

Four people were taken to hospitals for treatment and one with a minor injury was treated at the Waldorf, one of Manhattan's grand old hotels, the report said.

Mr Bill Aubry, chief of Manhattan detectives, told reporters that one person was hit by gunfire and three others were struck by debris such as glass, marble and tile, according to the Times.

Police tape was strewn across the access area to the hotel's east terrace, which had been closed to hotel guests as the reception occurred there.