Man killed at Masonic initiation ceremony
Tuesday, March 9, 2004 Posted: 10:50 AM EST (1550 GMT)
PATCHOGUE, New York (AP) -- A man was fatally shot at a Masonic temple
during what police said was an initiation ceremony.
William James, 47, of Medford, was participating in an induction Monday
night at the Southside Masonic Lodge when another member pulled out a
real gun instead of a fake and shot him, Suffolk County police
said. James suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead
at the scene.
Albert Eid, 76, of Patchogue, was arrested and faced an arraignment
Tuesday, said Officer Al Prim, a Suffolk County Police spokesman.
No further details were immediately available, Prim said.
In a statement early Tuesday, Carl Fitje, grand master of the New York
State Freemasons, said there had been no formal Masonic ceremonies
scheduled for Monday night. He said guns did not play a role in any
officially sanctioned lodge ceremonies.
"We are fully cooperating with all of the appropriate law enforcement
officials," the statement said.
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