An actor shot another actor and a bystander during a Wild West gunfight reenactment on Sunday in Tombstone, Arizona.
Tom Carter, a member of the Tombstone Vigilantes performance group, arrived late to the skit so his gun was not properly inspected before taking the stage. He fire five live rounds at fellow actor Ken Curtis, hitting him in the upper groin.
Curtis underwent surgery that day to remove the bullet.
A stray bullet hit bystander Debbie Mitchell, but she refused medical treatment.
The shooting happened during the historic town’s annual “Helldorado Days” celebration. Authorities have not said whether charges will be filed yet.
Even though the gunfight was fake does not mean regulation of weapons used should be taken any less seriously. The loose (albeit absent) check of Carter’s gun allowed the evidently real shooting to occur. While giving access to those who should not have guns is part of America’s gun violence problem, feeble-minded carelessness just elevates the likelihood of shootings.
Banner photo credit: Deanna Keahey