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Chicago production of FX's "Justified: City Primeval" halted due to rolling gun battle

The Chicago production on FX’s revival of "Justified: City Primeval" has been halted after two cars engaged in a rolling gun battle broke through the production's barricades early Thursday morning. A 19-year-old female not involved in the production was wounded.

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Chicago production of FX's "Justified: City Primeval" halted due to rolling gun battle
According to DEADLINE, Timothy Olyphant, series star of FX's revival show "Justified: City Primeval" was on set when a rolling gun battle between two cars broke through the barricades on the Chicago production. | Photo: FX Production Still from "Justified"

Update: After further investigation into the incident, there were reportedly four vehicles shooting at each other. A white Dodge Charger, a gray minivan, a white Dodge Durango, and a gray Audi. Shotspotter technology in the area followed the gunfight through the nearby neighborhoods and counted approximately 30 shots fired. The vehicles escaped onto area expressways and officers were told not to follow.

CHICAGO - DEADLINE Hollywood reported this morning that the Chicago production on FX’s revival of "Justified: City Primeval" has been halted after two cars engaged in a rolling gun battle broke through the production's barricades early Thursday morning.[1]

We reached out to Chicago Police for additional details.

DEADLINE Hollywood was first to report the incident.

According to Chicago Police, at about 12:49 a.m. early Thursday morning in the 1400 block of S. Sacramento Avenue on the west side of Douglass Park in the North Lawndale community on the city's south side, a 19-year-old female victim was in the passenger seat of a vehicle when she was shot at by an unidentified offender in a white Dodge Charger. The victim was shot in the leg and taken to Mt. Sinai where she is listed in good condition.

According to DEADLINE, the Chicago production on FX’s revival of "Justified: City Primeval" was nearby and a source described to the publication that a "rolling gun battle" broke through the production's barricades. Cast and crew members reportedly "hit the ground and took cover" as the incident in the park unfolded.

No one in the cast or crew was injured, according to the DEADLINE source and Chicago Police did not have any additional injuries reported. Again, according to DEADLINE, Timothy Olyphant, the series star reprising his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, was on set for filming at the time.

It is unknown who else from the cast or crew was also in attendance.

The incident happened just one day after a crew member for NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime” was shot and killed while reserving parking spaces for the production in New York City's Brooklyn neighborhood.[2]

Production is expected to resume in Chicago on Monday, according to DEADLINE.

In a statement to the Chicago Journal, Chicago Police said:

The Chicago Police Department is committed to ensuring members of the city's vibrant film and television community are able to do their jobs safely. We work in close coordination with the Chicago Film Office, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications to ensure production crews have the resources necessary to feel safe and secure while filming in the city's neighborhoods.


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Notes & References


  1. Rice, Lynette. “'Justified: City Primeval' Production Halted after Outsiders Engaged in Gun Battle Drive through Barricades in Chicago.” Deadline. Deadline, July 22, 2022. https://deadline.com/2022/07/justified-city-primeval-production-halted-gunfight-barricades-1235074976/. ↩︎

  2. Otterson, Joe. “'Law & Order: Organized Crime' Crew Member Killed in New York in Early Morning Ambush.” Variety. Variety, July 19, 2022. https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/law-order-organized-crime-crew-member-killed-new-york-1235319698/. ↩︎

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