Old West Shooting Reenactment Accident Injures Two With Live Bullets
Two people were hit, though neither was seriously injured
A Wild West shootout reenactment got wilder than expected on Sunday, when an actor accidentally used real bullets and non-fatally shot another actor and a bystander.
One of the victims, Ken Curtis of the Tombstone Vigilantes, was recovering at home on Tuesday after fellow actor Tom Carter shot him in the groin in front of an estimated 1,000 onlookers.
The show was part of Helldorado Days, Tombstone s annual celebration of it s rowdy past.
Curtis was flown by helicopter to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, where surgeons removed the bullet. The other victim, identified by the Tombstone Marshal’s office as Debbie Mitchell, was grazed by a bullet but refused treatment.
The shooting happened close to the site of the 1880s gunfight at the OK Corral, according to a Tombstone Marshal s Office news release obtained by PEOPLE.
It was later learned that at least two of the live rounds struck businesses approximately 680 feet from the skit, with one bullet striking a woman, the Marshal s Office said.
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, the Marshal s Office said.
Neither actor was available for comment. Jeffrey Miller, the chief of the Vigilantes reenactment group, said Carter was distraught after shooting his friend. The men have worked together in the skits for more than a decade, he said.
The Marshal s Office is treating the shooting as an aggravated assault. The marshal s report will be forwarded to the county attorney for consideration of charges.
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