Bride’s son and daughter shot at vow renewal

Posted at 4:10 PM, May 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-21 10:34:58-04

In Virginia Beach a vow renewal ceremony turned violent after the bride’s son and daughter were shot, according to witnesses.

Police say the man who was shot is in critical condition. Witnesses tell NewsChannel 3 this all happened as a couple was renewing their wedding vows.

Police say they took a 35-year-old man into custody at the scene. Witnesses say that man was a guest at the party.

Guests of this wedding anniversary party, still holding the flowers to decorate the couple’s renewal of vows, walk by yellow police tape that marks the spot of a shooting.

“I heard a couple of shots and they told us to hit the floor, and that’s what I done.” said Dorothy Buffaloe.

Police were called to Virginia Beach Boulevard and Birchwood Park Drive around 10:30 Saturday night.

That’s where the Royal Courtyard Banquet Hall is located.

A police spokesman tells NewsChannel 3 someone opened fire, but did not say who the shooter is.

According to investigators, a man was shot in the chest and is listed in critical condition at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

We’re also told a woman was shot in the leg. She was treated and released.

Dorothy Buffaloe says she was part of the ceremony, and was sitting with the party, when happiness turned to tragedy with gunfire.

“That was it, I just stayed down.  and then someone was like, ‘they done call the police and everything.  like i said, I stayed down, I stayed down!”

Even though police won’t say who the shooting victims are, Dorothy Buffaloe told NewsChannel 3 it was the children of the woman renewing vows with her husband.
Tonight she is hoping for the best.

“I just hope that, ya know, her son is alright and I know the daughter got hit in the leg and I hope she’ll be alright.”

Police say an argument broke out at the party, and they think that’s what led to the shooting.

They say the man taken in to custody is facing charges of malicious wounding, as well as use of a fire arm in the commission of a felony.