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Two hit by live bullets in tourist site Old West re-enactment

Published 19/10/2015 | 06:46

US police said the skit was supposed to involve blanks, but one of the actor's guns fired lived rounds during a stand-off
US police said the skit was supposed to involve blanks, but one of the actor's guns fired lived rounds during a stand-off

Two people have been hit by bullets during a gunfight re-enactment in Arizona.

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Police in the town of Tombstone said the skit was supposed to involve blanks, but one of the actor's guns fired lived rounds during a stand-off.

Actor Ken Curtis was hit and treated at the scene before being flown to a hospital in Tucson, where he was undergoing surgery to remove the bullet. Other rounds struck businesses and a bystander whose condition was not immediately known.

The marshal's office said mayor Dusty Escapule advised the Tombstone Vigilante group to put the gunfight skits on hold as an investigation is carried out.

Tombstone is a popular tourist draw as people flock to the former Old West town to see gunfight re-enactments and history dating back to the days of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the OK Corral.

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