Man taking part in 1920s ‘Cops and Robbers’ re-enactment shot with real bullet

A man taking part in a 1920s reenactment of a "Coppers raiding the Bootleggers" showdown has been accidentally shot with a real bullet.

The 24-year-old performer was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening chest injuries from the event in Wichita, Kansas, US.

Police arrived to "chaotic" scenes outside the Old Cowtown Museum after the shooting was reported last Friday at 9.05pm.

Lt. Chris Marceau told media at the museum: “This is definitely a unique situation — one that is a first for me.

“When officers arrived it was kind of a little bit chaotic because of the large amount of people that were involved in the reenactment.”

Reenactors were supposed to use blank rounds at the event but the shooting is believed to have been an accident.

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Officer Kevin Wheeler said in a news release that a 24-year-old man was found shot and taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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

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

A spokesman for the Wichita Police Department said there was an accidental discharge of a firearm during a demonstration at the museum and one person was hit.

Police say the injured man was among around 15 people performing in a re-enactment at Old Cowtown Museum when he was struck by gunfire.

The Cowtown Museum is a city-run space featuring “a mixture of historic buildings and artifacts representing 1870s life.”

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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