Police are blaming alcohol for an argument that resulted in a 30 year-old bride shooting her 21 year-old niece just hours after her wedding.
The shooting took place April 24th at Jimmy K’s, a bar in New Brighton, PA, near Pittsburgh. Authorities say that the bride, Christina Nicole George-Harvan, shot her 21 year-old niece Katelyn Francis following an argument over who was going to be the evening’s designated driver.
The incident occurred in the bar parking lot. George-Harvan and her husband were sitting in a car. Francis was outside the vehicle when she was hit. George-Harvan told police that the weapon was her husband’s and that it discharged while she was holding it.
Francis had traveled from West Virgina to attend the wedding. George-Harvan is a nurse in a Pittsburgh hospital.
Family friends are insisting that the shooting was accidental.