Actor Shot With Live Ammo In Staged Gunfight – Tourist Injured
Tourists watching an Old West gunfight
re-enactment at Tombstone, AZ got more than they bargained for last weekend.
The town's “famous” gun battles have
been put on hold after one of the actors was shot with a live bullet, and a
tourist was injured by the shrapnel. The popular tourist attraction re-enacts
gunfights at the home of the O.K. Corral, made famous by Wyatt Earp and Doc
Authorities are now trying to work out
how live rounds were loaded into one of the guns used to stage the shows after
actor Ken Curtis was shot in the leg. He was taken to Tucson and remains in
hospital in fair condition after surgery. Shrapnel from the gun battle also
slightly injured a watching tourist.
Curtis was shot by a fellow member of
the 'Tombstone Vigilantes' group which enacts the gun flights. The blame has
been placed on actor Tom Carter, who was running late for the show and didn't
check his gun.
"He didn't go through the safety
briefings, didn't go through the gun check and just went straight to the
street," said Tombstone Marshal Bob Randall.
Tombstone's mayor halted re-enactments
until the town drafts a new ordinance to ensure it doesn't happen again.
"Sometimes you have to sacrifice
just a little bit to make sure you get things done right," Mayor Escapule
told local TV news station KVOA Tucson. "It's not going to be good for us
because people do come to see the gun fights. However, there are a lot more
things to do in Tombstone besides see a gun fight."
"We have a responsibility to take
care of the tourists that are coming to Tombstone," said Escapule.
Perhaps ‘Don’t shoot the tourists or
expose them to live shootings’ should be written into the town’s bylaws.