The Latest: Official: Shooting at gunfight skit an accident

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 3:49 PM
The Latest: Official: Shooting at gunfight skit an accident

TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — The latest on a shooting during a historical gunfight re-enactment in the Old West town of Tombstone (all times local):

12:48 p.m.

The marshal of Tombstone, Arizona, says he's "fairly certain" a shooting that wounded an actor during a re-enactment of an historic gunfight was accidental.

But Bob Randall, marshal of the Old West town, said the fellow performer who pulled the trigger could still face charges. He says he'll forward the case to prosecutors with a recommendation for an aggravated assault charge.

Randall says actor Tom Carter hasn't been arrested or charged in the Sunday shooting of Ken Curtis.

Curtis was listed in good condition at a Tucson hospital after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to the groin area.

A bystander also was hurt, suffering a small cut to her neck from a ricochet or shrapnel. She didn't require medical treatment.


11:25 a.m.

The mayor of Tombstone, Arizona, says the Old West town is drawing up new rules that would give it more control to regulate gunfight re-enactments after an actor was shot with a live round.

Mayor Dusty Escapule says an inspector checks weapons used in the skits to make sure blanks are loaded. But the actor who shot two people during a skit Sunday showed up late and his gun wasn't inspected.

The actor is hospitalized in good condition, while a bystander wasn't seriously injured and declined treatment.

Escapule says the gunfight re-enactment industry in Tombstone is largely unregulated, and that's why the town is drafting an ordinance that would provide more rules to protect actors and the public.

The mayor says all gunfights are now on hold as the investigation unfolds.


7:35 a.m.

An actor who was shot with a live round during a historical gunfight re-enactment in the Old West town of Tombstone, Arizona, is hospitalized in good condition.

Elyse Palm, a spokeswoman for Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, released Ken Curtis' condition Monday but declined to give further details about his injuries.

Authorities say a female bystander also was struck Sunday afternoon as two performers from the Tombstone Vigilante group re-enacted a gunfight in the 19th century mining town made famous by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the O.K. Corral.

The Tombstone Marshal's Office says one of the actor's guns fired live rounds.

Marshal's dispatcher Dee Jackson said the bystander was not seriously injured and refused treatment.