The bride went into a coma and ultimately died, but the two other people who were shot were not significantly harmed.
A bride was killed during her own wedding after a stray bullet from celebratory gunfire struck her in the head.
Mahvash Leghaei, 24, was married in a wedding hall in Firuzabad, Iran, when a visitor, reported to be the groom's cousin, fired an illegal high-powered hunting rifle, reports Daily Mail. The stray bullet pierced the bride's skull and wounded two male visitors at the gathering. The practice of shooting a gun during weddings is prohibited, yet it is practiced throughout the Middle East.
A bride has been shot dead at her own wedding when a stray bullet from celebratory gunfire hit her in the head. Mahvash Leghaei, 24, got married at Firuzabad in Iran when a guest, who is believed to be a cousin of groom, fired his unlicensed high-powered hunting rifle.😢😬"SAD". pic.twitter.com/wiUIwkY75s— Sumner (@renmusb1) July 18, 2022
According to preliminary accounts, two shots were fired, the first without incident, but the second struck the bride, a psychology graduate, in the head, traveling through her brain, and striking two other guests. The bride went into a coma and ultimately died, but the two other people who were shot were not significantly harmed.
Police spokesperson Colonel Mehdi Jokar said, "We had an emergency call of a shooting at a wedding hall in Firuzabad city and officers were dispatched immediately. The officers discovered that somebody had fired shots with a hunting rifle as part of the local nomad tradition, but unfortunately because of the crowds and the person's poor control of the weapon, he managed to shoot three people, two men and the bride."
The gunman was identified as a 36-year-old man who was not named but was supposedly the groom's cousin. “Naturally, any disturbance of public order like this crosses the red line with the police, and people need to know that to create a safe community, shooting is banned at weddings,” said Jokar, per New York Post. “We will take tough action against anybody found to be breaking this rule.”
According to the victim's relatives, her organs were donated and benefitted three individuals. Her uncle stated that she had been working as a social worker, assisting drug users in their recovery, and had just recently chosen to be an organ donor. When they got the news that she had died, they decided to honor her wishes and donate her organs.
In another similar incident, a groom accidentally shot a member of his wedding party in India. According to New York Post, the victim was identified as Babu Lal Yadav who was shot "during the celebratory firing by the groom—Manish Madheshia." Yadav was an Indian army officer who had been granted special clearance to go across the nation to attend a friend's wedding. According to police sources, Madheshia has been detained and charged in connection with his friend's death.
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