Woman Killed After Gun Discharges Inside Westchester Home: Police

Megan Bookstaver was looking at firearms inside the Tarrytown home when one discharged

By Jen Maxfield
|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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Woman Killed After Gun Discharges Inside Home: Police

The Tarrytown townhouse where 23-year-old Megan Bookstaver was killed when a shotgun discharged in the home.

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A 23-year-old woman was shot and killed when a gun she was looking at discharged inside a Westchester County home Monday, authorities said. 

Tarrytown police say they received a 911 call for someone shot at 157 West Main St. at about 4:20 p.m. Officers responded and found Megan Bookstaver, of Hicksville, with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

According to police, Bookstaver was with two other people looking at shotguns inside a bedroom at the home, which is owned by Manhattan entertainment lawyer Robert Gaulin, when one discharged.

It's unclear who was holding the gun and who owned it. Police also found two other guns in the home.

"It's pretty straightforward at this point," said William Herguth with the Tarrytown Police Department. "We're relying on forensics."

Police are considering the first shooting death in the town in 12 years suspicious. They've interviewed one of the two people at the scene and are waiting to speak to Gaulin's son, who has an attorney and was also there. No charges have been filed.

Attempts to reach Gaulin were unsuccessful.  

One of Gaulin's neighbors said she didn't like learning that guns were in the home. 

"I'm not thrilled about knowing that people have guns a few doors away from me," said Marci Hartman.

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