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Bridegroom Shot At Romanian Wedding Reception

Groom Shot At Wedding

First Posted: 09/12/11 09:50 AM ET Updated: 11/12/11 05:12 AM ET

TIMISOARA, Romania — It was literally a shotgun wedding.

Police spokeswoman Ancuta Carbunaru says a bridegroom is recovering in hospital after being hit over the head and shot in the leg by masked robbers who burst into his wedding party at dawn Sunday demanding cash.

She said Monday that the robbers were apparently disturbed by a waiter who appeared unexpectedly, and they fled empty-handed.

Dorin Armas, 31 years old, is being treated in a hospital in the western city of Timisoara. About 300 guests attended his wedding.

As is customary in Romania, guests made cash donations instead of gifts, with the couple amassing an estimated euro10,000 (US$13,800).

Police say they are searching for the perpetrators.