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  • 25 February 2014, 14:29

Citizen Kane Castle Owner Shot In The Head

The owner of a Long Island mansion used in celebrity weddings and movies, including the classic Citizen Kane, has been shot in the head at his estate.

Gary Melius, 69, survived the attack by a masked assailant in the car park of Oheka Castle, and was reportedly in a stable condition in hospital.

Mr Melius is the politically-connected owner of the 127-room building designed to resemble a French chateau.

Built for financier Otto Hermann Kahn in 1919, it is one of America's largest private homes.

Mr Melius bought the dilapidated property in 1984 and soon began restoring it. He sold it a few years later, then regained ownership in 2003.

After the shooting on Monday, the gunman fled and Mr Melius was able to stumble back home where his family took him to hospital.

Police said the attack did not appear to be random, but neither the shooter nor a motive has been identified.

Investigators were examining CCTV footage.

Mr Melius, who lives on the estate, is a political patron who has donated to both the Democrats and the Republicans.

Among celebrities and politicians to get married at Oheka Castle was Anthony Weiner, the former Congressman who was engulfed in a sexting scandal.

Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers also had his wedding at the estate.

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