Investigation continues after accidental shooting at Wichita’s Cowtown Museum

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 9:44 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 10:44 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Monday, Sept. 21, 2020: The Wichita Police Department continues its investigation into how a historical reenactment ended with a 24-year-old man injured Friday at the Old Cowtown Museum. As of Monday, that man continues his recovery at a Wichita hospital.

Investigators believe the shooting was accidental, but many questions remain about how it happened. Police said there was an accidental discharge of a gun during a reenactment Friday, but still unknown is how it happened, or how a live round could have been involved with the show. Eyewitness News has learned from talking with other reenactors in Kansas that live ammo should never be allowed.

In Dodge City, Boot Hill Museum Executive Director Lara Brehm said actors involved with historic Wild West reenactments go through six weeks of training each year. If an actor takes a gun they’ll use in a performance home, two safety inspectors analyze the gun before it’s used in a reenactment.

“Accidents happen, and we all understand that. We want to eliminate as many things as we can that would cause someone to get injured,” Brehm said.


Friday, Sept. 18, 2020:

The Wichita Police Department responded to a shooting at the Old Cowtown Museum.

A spokesperson for the department said there was an accidental discharge of a firearm during a demonstration at the museum and one person was hit.

The 24-year-old man was taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

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

Investigators spent the night talking with eyewitnesses and re-enactors trying to piece together what happened.

So far, there have been no arrests.

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