It Takes 7 Police Agencies to Break Up Wedding Brawl

There was 'blood everywhere,' says witness of Orchard Park, NY, melee
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2014 7:19 AM CDT
It Takes 7 Police Agencies to Break Up Wedding Brawl
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The way you don't expect a wedding reception to be described: "I'm telling you, there was blood everywhere. There was holes punched in the walls." But that's exactly what transpired at a Saturday reception outside Buffalo, NY, according to an unidentified worker at the Orchard Park Country Club. The Buffalo News reports that seven police agencies were called to the scene after a massive fight broke out just after 11pm, as the reception ended and guests were readying to go home. "Things were said that can never be taken back," says one witness; the paper reports that family members were yelling of their hatred for each other. The worker says about 200 people attended the reception, and WIVB reports that an arriving officer saw at least 100 people fighting. The bride and groom reportedly weren't among them: She was taken to a back patio, while her new husband stayed inside and attempted to get his guests to exit.

One man received stitches for a head injury, and a few others were treated on the scene. No arrests were made, and while the State Liquor Authority has opened an investigation into what transpired, police tell the News that criminal charges are unlikely. As for what caused the fracas, the police chief doesn't seem to know: "It could be someone was touched inappropriately. It could be a family issue. It could be an emotional issue." And someone actually was touched inappropriately, allegedly by a member of the wedding party who was then punched; police were previously called at 10:18pm to deal with that. (This fight seems small compared to one that happened this summer at a NJ wedding.)

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