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New York man 'killed' playing Russian roulette during blizzard

37-year-old killed on Saturday was the city's only recorded murder during Storm Jonas which dumped 26 inches of snow

Published 25/01/2016 | 09:22

People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge during a snowstorm in the Manhattan borough of New York January 23, 2016
People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge during a snowstorm in the Manhattan borough of New York January 23, 2016

A 37-year old Brooklyn man was killed on Saturday night in the New York's only recorded homicide of the blizzard when a friend accidentally shot him, according to police.

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Zdzislaw Golabek was with Gorecki Maciej, 32, when a shot accidentally went off at around 8pm.

The victim was found dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head.

Maciej has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. He has also been brought up on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon. According to the Mail Online, the suspect told NYPD that the pair were playing Russian roulette in the moments before the shooting occurred.

The incident happened in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

It has emerged that Mr Golabek lived in the building but not in the apartment where he died, while Maciej lives in the area.

Andrzej Golabek, the victim's brother, told the New York Post that he heard about the fatal accident through his brother's wife, Bozena.

“My feeling was like, I can’t believe it,” said Mr Golabek. “I still can’t believe it.”

“He was really quiet,” he added. “He never got into trouble.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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