Investigators close to identifying gunman in Glen Cove hotel shooting, police say

Police said investigators were closing in on identifying the gunman who shot three people, including a security guard, after a fight erupted at a party at an upscale Glen Cove hotel Sunday.

Glen Cove Police Department Spokesperson Det. lt. John Nagle said officers responded to a shots-fire call at The Mansion at Glen Cove just after 5 pm Sunday and said three wounded were transported to an area hospital for treatment. None of the injuries were life-threatening, he said.

On Monday, Nagle said: “We’re scouring through all investigative leads, right now. And we’re hoping to make strides in identifying the shooter.”

But, he said, no arrests have been made.

Nagle said hotel management, including the property owner, as well as guests attending the gathering have all been “cooperative” with investigators — and he said police believe at this time there was one shooter, a man. He said police still have not recovered the weapon used in the shooting.

“Since we have not recovered the gun I cannot speculate on the gun or the caliber of gun used,” Nagle said.

There were about 150-200 people at a “Big Fendi Celebrity Pool Party” at The Mansion, Nagle said Sunday. The pool party was advertised on the internet, officials said.

The hotel was evacuated and blocked off on Sunday evening. Several police officers canvassed the front of the area, while the K-9 unit was active.

Glen Cove Mayor Pamela Panzenbeck was at the scene on Sunday evening and said the incident has shaken her.

“This wasn’t something we would ever expect. We go to high school reunions, weddings and fundraisers and all kinds of things here,” she said. “These were not Glen Cove people that were here today, so we have to look into how they got here and how this happened.”

Panzenbeck said they will not have these types of parties at The Mansion ever again. “There will be no permits issued for anything like this in the future, I promise,” Panzenbeck said.

No one at the hotel was available for comment.

Describing the incident, Nagle said Sunday that “there was some type of fight” and that one of the security guards working the event tried to escort a person out of the party and shots were fired — resulting in the injuries. The two other victims were partygoers, he said.

The shooting happened inside the mansion near the lobby, he said.

“We’re hoping to quickly close this case,” Nagle said Monday, adding he hopes to have updates on a suspect “soon.”

The Mansion at Glen Cove, a brick Georgian mansion surrounded by a 55-acre estate, was built in 1910 for Standard Oil executive John Teele Pratt and his wife Ruth Baker Pratt, the first woman elected to Congress from New York.

It is one of the estates that made up Long Island’s Gold Coast.

The Mansion at Glen Cove has also appeared in several films, including Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic “North by Northwest” and “Sabrina” starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. In 1967, it became one of the first conference center hotels in the nation, according to its website.

With Michael O’Keeffe


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