Two wedding parties brawl in Philadelphia
POSTED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 9:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The uncle of a bride died and three people were arrested at a Philadelphia hotel Sunday after a fight broke out between dozens of guests from two wedding parties.
Police eventually used batons and a Taser to end the melee. Investigators say about 75 to 100 people were fighting in the lobby of the Sheraton Society Hill hotel.
Police say at one point they were outnumbered by the crowd and had to call in extra patrols twice.
The uncle of one of the brides, Vincent Sannuti, 57, suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead at Jefferson Hospital. He was not a part of the fight, according to police.
Police say members of one wedding party were fighting as another wedding party arrived to the hotel. Someone was hit and the fighting between the two groups ensued.
Many of the guests were intoxicated, according to police.
Max Schultz, who was at the hotel celebrating his 15th birthday, shot video of the brawl and posted it on YouTube.
"I was up on the second floor watching. It was bedlam, out of hand." Schultz said.
In the video, you can see police officers using batons to break up a fight between two men. A woman in a long white dress, who appears to be the bride, can be seen amongst the commotion and then whisked away by two men.
Two people were arrested for disorderly conduct and one man was arrested for assaulting an officer. Police say there could be more arrests.
Investigators are reviewing the videotape to see if there were circumstances during that the fight that contributed to the man's death.