Early Saturday morning at 1:30 a.m. a crowd of attendees celebrating at this year’s DragonCon witnessed a frightening event. The crowd was pummeled by objects thrown down from the tenth floor of the Marriott Marquis Hotel by one or more people. It has been reported that at least four ambulances arrived on the scene. Police say that chairs and bottles were purposely thrown into the crowd below, the Atlanta Journal reports.
One of the victims, a woman by the name of Kelli McDaniel, was hit in the head by a chair and was taken to the hospital where she had to have staples to close a wound on her head.
The director of public relations made the following statement:
Two women at Dragon Con were injured at the convention early Sunday morning when two chairs were dropped from an outside balcony on the 10th floor in the Marriott to a landing below. The women were treated and released at separate hospitals.
We are grateful that the injuries were not more severe. And we are proud of the Dragon Con attendees who stepped up quickly, realized the severity of the situation and provided immediate assistance.
Atlanta Police Department is investigating.”
The scary thing is that is not the first time this has happened at DragonCon which boasts that over 82,000 people were in attendance for this year’s event. Reportedly, this happened several times before. One year flower pots were thrown over a balcony in or around the 10th floor, reportedly.
I will never understand why people have to act this way and put innocent strangers in danger. I hope who ever is responsible is caught. May the injured women feel better soon.