A reenactment at Old Cowtown Museum ended Friday night after a performer was shot in the upper body. Reenactors were supposed to use blank rounds at the event.

“This is definitely a unique situation — one that is a first for me,” Lt. Chris Marceau told media at the museum. “When officers arrived it was kind of a little bit chaotic because of the large amount of people that were involved in the reenactment.”

The shooting was reported at 9:05 p.m. near the museum, 1865 Museum Blvd. A 24-year-old man was found shot and taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, Officer Kevin Wheeler said in a news release.

There were several reenactors in the performance when he was shot.

In a phone interview, Wheeler said he didn’t know how many people were in attendance but police had interviewed people there and everyone was cooperative.

The shooting is believed to be accidental.

According to a Facebook post, the museum had a Roaring ‘20s event, with food and drinks for ages 18 and up. The event was scheduled from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Based on the lineup, the shooting appears to have occurred during a 9 p.m. performance called, “Coppers raiding the Bootleggers” at the Trapper’s Cabin.


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