Two Dragon Con attendees were injured late Saturday night/early Sunday morning when chairs thrown from a tenth story balcony at the Marriott Marquis hotel struck them. One of the two people, Kelly McDaniel, spoke with local Atlanta television station WSB. McDaniel was struck in the head, and believes that the only reason she survived was because of her Loki cosplay’s headpiece.
Both McDaniel and the other victim were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries. Frankly, everyone’s just lucky no one was severely injured. McDaniel is urging any witnesses to reach out to the police. She told WSB, “I think they need to punished by the law for assault with a deadly weapon. I could have been really hurt.”
Dragon Con has released the following statement about the incident:
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.
Not everyone staying in the Marriott was a Dragon Con attendee, so it’s unclear whether or not it was someone going to the con at fault. Regardless, it’s a gross, dangerous thing to hurl objects off a balcony towards unexpecting people, and I hope that the people who committed this act are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Via WSB TV