Justified: City Primeval Filming Interrupted by Two Cars Engaged in Gunfight

Cast and crew of the FX series Justified: City Primeval had quite the scare with production shutting down due to a real-life gun battle making its way to the set. Per Deadline, the incident happened on Wednesday evening when two cars reportedly drove through one of the set’s barricades with occupants from each vehicle shooting at the other. Lead star Timothy Olyphant was present along with other cast and crew members who “hit the ground and took cover,” and the good news is that there were no apparent injuries.

This happened in Chicago near Douglass Park where the series was filming. As of now, it’s unclear if police have any suspects in the shooting. Reportedly, there were shell casings collected at the scene, but it’s also unclear what type of firearms had been used during the gunfight. Production was halted for the rest of the week as the investigation is underway, but filming is expected to resume on Monday.

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Justified: City Primeval serves as a follow-up series to FX’s Justified. Taking inspiration from Elmore Leonard’s novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, the series brings back Olyphant as U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens. The series also stars Aunjanue Ellis, Boyd Holbrook, Adelaide Clemens, Vondie Curtis Hall, Marin Ireland, Victor Williams, and Norbert Leo Butz. Olyphant is executive producing with showrunners Dave Andron and Michael Dinner as well as Justified creator Graham Yost.

Gun Violence Recently Resulted in a Law & Order: Organized Crime Crew Member Killed

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This is the second incident just this week where gun violence affected the production of a television series. Early on Tuesday morning, a crew member working on Law & Order: Organized Crime was on location in New York when he was shot and killed by an unknown gunman. The 31-year-old man, Johnny Pizarro, had been working as part of set security and was sitting in a vehicle when he was approached by his killer. It’s unclear if the victim knew the shooter or if this was a random attack and authorities have not yet named any suspects.

“We were terribly saddened and shocked to hear that one of our crew members was the victim of a crime early this morning and has died as a result,” a joint statement from NBC and studio Universal Television read. “We are working with local law enforcement as they continue to investigate. Our hearts go out to his family and friends and we ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”

The subject of gun violence on movie and television productions has also been in the conversation in recent months, stemming from the tragedy that occurred on the set of the Western movie Rust in October 2021. While preparing to film a scene, lead star and producer Alec Baldwin was holding a firearm that he’d been told was a “cold gun,” meaning it was safe to use for filming. Unfortunately, the gun had a live round in the chamber which discharged and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, also wounding director Joel Souza. No one has been criminally charged in that case as of this time and it remains unclear how exactly live rounds had gotten onto the set.