In a shocking turn of events, a gunfight reenactment in Tombstone, Arizona turned dangerous when an actor was shot with a live round during a show that was supposed to use blanks, leading authorities to put the popular reenactments on hold.
Performers from the Tombstone Vigilantes group were portraying a 19th century gunfight that was made famous by mining town figures Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the O.K. Corral.
According to Tuscan News Now, actor Tom Carter shot fellow actor Ken Curtis, who was swiftly airlifted to Banner-University Medical Center. Carter underwent surgery to remove the bullet. Reports also claim that another woman was grazed by bullet but refused to get medical treatment.
Mayor Dusty Escapule expressed shock at the incident. “I was dumbfounded,” Escapule said of learning about the shooting mishap. “I was just appalled the Vigilantes would allow one of the actors to not have their weapons checked,” added the Mayor of Tombstone.
The Tombstone Marshal’s Office inspected the weapon and found one live round and five casings. “Tombstone takes pride in the safety and security of its townspeople and tourists alike, and the citizens of Tombstone can be assured that stringent safety protocol will be enforced prior to allowing any further gunfight skits,” Tombstone Marshal Bob Randall said in a statement.
When asked why the gun wasn’t checked for bullets, Marshal Randall expressed shock: “That’s the question of the day. Anybody that’s been around firearms knows the first thing you do is check your weapon.”