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a shooting near a “Chicago Fire” The production set was part of an “incredible” scene that unfolded Wednesday in front of the AA Rainer & Sons Funeral Homes. An actual fire broke out in the street, causing confusion among residents who thought the actors were real firefighters who did not want to respond to the fire.
Charles Childs Jr., director of the funeral home where the NBC show was being filmed, exclusively told Fox News Digital that shortly before a suspect opened fire near the set, the cast was practicing putting out an actual fire. , while a separate incident was reported in the section.
Almost as soon as the real fire was reported, officers reacted to the scene shortly after 1:45 p.m., when an “unknown criminal, armed with a weapon” handgun shot A group of people standing in the 5900 block of W. Madison Street near downtown’s Oak Park area, according to the Chicago Police Department.
Childs Jr. explained that the whole scenario was “chaotic” as neighbors were bewildered at why the dozens of firefighters in their lot were not responding to a street fire, with no idea they were putting out the fire. The first responders were not trained, but were actually actors.
“We had the honor of being cast in an episode of ‘Chicago Fire’ and the crew was standing outside when all of a sudden they were getting ready to shoot one,” Childs Jr. explained the general scene. AA Rainer And Sons Funeral Homes on Madison Street.
“First, a fire broke out in an adjacent block at 1500 West Madison. Then, Chicago Fire Department (CFD) responded to that, and when the Chicago Fire Department responded, the “Chicago Fire” television stars and crew were just a block away so people looked at the actors and wanted to know why they couldn’t respond to the real fire. were.”
Charles said that the illusion may be the story of a bestselling book because people begged the artists for help, believing they were the first responders who weren’t the only ones answering.
“At the funeral home, it was a fire of faith, and the actors were just doing their job,” he said. “So while all this was going on, some idiot used a gun and fired at people. We don’t know who was being targeted. We don’t know who the attacker was.”
While “no one was killed,” the suspect fled the scene in a “dark SUV” and CPD detectives are investigating the shooting.
“It was chaotic because all these activities were going on at the same time,” Childs Jr. said. “Why would someone do this? There was a police presence. There were security guards. It was just an incredible situation.”
He continued, “It was one of those days. You couldn’t write it in a novel.”
Childs Jr. estimated that there were about 70 people near her funeral home or at the production site, and that someone could have been seriously injured.
“Someone could have died, accidentally shot,” he said. “We don’t know what was going through this person’s mind. We don’t understand it,” he said.
Several security guards were on the scene of the Dick Wolf drama, which starred Jesse Spencer, Kara Kilmer, David Eigenberg and Lady Gaga’s ex-fiance Taylor Kinney.
Between the sound of sirens from respondents and signs of fire and police in the street, Childs Jr. said everything was “so chaotic” and “confused”.
“We can pray that no one gets hurt,” he said. “I’m not sure how many victims were displaced because of the fire.”
“We are thankful to all that no one was hurt here,” he said.