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.
A Tarrytown man who fatally shot his girlfriend in the face in September 2013 was sentenced Thursday to six months in county jail and five years’ post-release supervision.
Eric Gaulin, 26, could have received a maximum sentence of 15 years following his guilty plea to a felony charge of manslaughter.
Gaulin told investigators that he was cleaning a rifle when it discharged, striking his girlfriend, Megan Bookstaver, 23, in the jaw.
The Mercy College student from the Long Island community of Hicksville was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It makes me torn,” said Grimm, a 23-year-old Mastic, Long Island, resident who befriended Bookstaver, also 23, early last year when they first entered Mercy College. “You would think somebody who has such involvement with guns would know what they are doing. … I’m still on the fence on it being an accident or not.”
Gaulin, 25, the son of a prominent entertainment lawyer, was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the Labor Day shooting death of Bookstaver in a Tarrytown town house.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Eric Gaulin (DOB 06/07/88) of 157 West Main Street, Tarrytown, New York pled guilty today to:
one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
relating to the death of Megan Bookstaver.
On Monday, September 2, 2013, Labor Day, the defendant, his girlfriend, the deceased, and a mutual friend spend time together at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County.
They went to the Dick’s Sporting Goods store where they purchased a Savage Arms Axis 243 caliber rifle for the victim in a pink and black camouflage color, along with a box of ammunition for a 308 caliber Winchester rifle owned by the defendant.
They all then went to the defendant’s home in Tarrytown.
The defendant then took out several other rifles that he had in his possession at the house.
At about 4:20pm a shot rang out and the victim was struck in the face by a projectile from one of the rifles.
Family members in the house called 911.
Tarrytown police and EMS responded but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bail was continued at $50,000 cash or bond.
Sentencing will be on January 27th, 2015.
He faces a maximum sentence of five to fifteen years in prison.
Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone Chief of the Homicide Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj of the Investigations Division are prosecuting the case.