Oheka Castle shooting: One man wounded after gunfire erupts at mansion-turned-wedding palace

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Gunfire erupted at a storied mansion-turned-wedding palace Monday, leaving one man wounded, police said.

Suffolk County police said the man was hospitalized after the shooting around 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Oheka Castle, a Gilded Age estate on Long Island's Gold Coast that has become a celebrity wedding site and movie backdrop in recent years.

Police didn't immediately release the man's name, the nature of his injuries or which hospital was treating him. A message left at Oheka Castle wasn't immediately returned.

Police didn't immediately release any information about a shooter.

A police officer kept reporters outside the stone gates of the estate in Huntington.

Built to resemble a French chateau, the 127-room Oheka Castle was one of America's biggest private homes when built for financier Otto Hermann Kahn in 1919, according to its website. After his 1934 death, it served functions ranging from sanitation workers' retreat to military academy, then eventually was abandoned and fell into disrepair in the 1980s.

A prominent Long Island developer, Gary Melius, bought the dilapidated property in 1984 and soon began restoring it. He sold it a few years later, then regained ownership in 2003.

It became a hotel that has hosted the weddings of the well-known. Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers married Danielle Deleasa there in 2009. Former President Bill Clinton presided over the wedding of then-Rep. Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, a close aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in 2010.

Oheka Castle also been seen as a backdrop in a number of movies, television shows and magazine photo shoots, and it has been used for high-profile political events and fundraisers.


Associated Press writers Jennifer Peltz and Deepti Hajela contributed to this report from New York.

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