Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Perhaps a ceremony change is in order 

"PATCHOGUE, N.Y. -- A man was killed during a ceremony at a Masonic temple when another member fired a gun loaded with real bullets instead of the expected blanks and shot him in the head, police said Tuesday.

"Police Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick said the ceremony included a loud noise to frighten the new member. The inductee faces the front of the room and cans are stacked up behind him, he said. A gun is fired near the inductee's head and the cans are toppled, Fitzpatrick added.

The lieutenant said [the suspect] had two guns -- one with blanks and one with real bullets -- and he apparently pulled out the wrong one."

And here I thought the Masons were an 18th Century relic. Guess not.

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