What Were Supposed To Be Dummy Bullets Injure Two in Arizona Show
Founded in 1879 the small historically western town of Tombstone, Arizona took a likely ‘hit’ in the tourist attractions department when the wrong kind of bullets were used during a local Old West Show.
Two Seriously Injured by Live Ammunition at Tourist Attraction
According to Reuters, the live outdoor-sidewalk performance and unfortunate shooting incident took place Sunday October 18th not far from the location of the legendary 1880s shootout at the OK Corral, reports say.
No deaths were reported, nonetheless, a colleague of the shooter, Ken Curtis and an innocent bystander Debbie Mitchell were both badly injured. The shooter was an actor, Tom Carter, of a reenactment show that is part of a three-day event by the name Helldorado Days occurring annually in festive spirit of the town’s Wild West history.
Jeffrey Miller, leader of the Tombstone Vigilantes, a non-profit group, was in town the day of the shooting. Miller recalls Carter being in a state of total shock unable to speak right after his bullets struck the two victims. According to Miller, Carter was a very experienced shooter and reenactment performer with more than a decade of shows under his belt which makes the incident seem that more puzzling.
More Information on the Shooting
- The local sheriff’s department reported that Carter’s weapon had one bullet leftover out of the six in capacity indicating that five shots were fired sending Curtis to Tucson's Banner Medical Center via life flight where physicians removed a bullet from his abdomen.
- Miller claimed to have heard through the grapevine of Mitchells’ non-life threatening injuries sustained of which a bullet grazed her shoulder. She was also said to have resisted medical treatment for her injuries.
- More than a thousand partakers of the Helldorado Days festivities witnessed the shooting.
- Apparently, other shows of Helldorado Days use real guns as well but not real bullets.