‘Chicago Fire’ shooting was ‘unbelievable’, funeral home director says real fire nearby made scene ‘chaotic’

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Shooting near a “Chicago Fire” production set was just part of the “incredible” scene that unfolded outside AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Homes on Wednesday. A real fire broke out in the street, causing confusion among residents who thought the actors were real firefighters who chose not to respond to the fire.

Charles Childs Jr., director of the funeral home where the NBC show was filmed, exclusively told Fox News Digital that just before the suspect fired the shot near the set, the cast was practicing putting out a real fire, while a separate incident was reported down. block.

Almost as soon as the real fire was reported, authorities responded to the scene shortly after 1:45 p.m. when “an unknown assailant, armed shot from a gun group of people standing in the 5900 block of W. Madison Street near the city’s Oak Park area, according to Chicago Police.

Childs Jr. explained that the whole scenario was “chaotic” because neighbors were confused as to why dozens of alleged firefighters on his lot did not respond to the fire down the street, not knowing that the people they were watching putting out the fire were not trained in first responders, but were actually were actors.

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"Chicago Fire" was filming when the shooting happened nearby, in addition to the real fire that broke out down the block, according to funeral home director Charles Childs, Jr.

“Chicago Fire” was being filmed when a shooting happened nearby, in addition to the real fire that broke out down the block, according to funeral home director Charles Childs, Jr.
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“We had the honor of being chosen to be on an episode of ‘Chicago Fire,’ and the crew was standing outside when all of a sudden they were getting ready to shoot,” Childs Jr. explained. general scene on AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Homes on Madison Street.

“First there was a fire on the next block down at 1500 West Madison. Then it Chicago Fire Department (CFD) responded to it, and while the Chicago Fire Department was responding, the television stars and crew of ‘Chicago Fire’ were just a block away, so people saw the actors and wanted to know why they weren’t responding to a real fire.”

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Charles said the confusion could have been a bestseller story as people rushed around begging the cast for help, assuming they were first responders and they just didn’t.

“There was a supposed fire at the funeral home and the actors were just doing their job,” he said. “So while all this was going on, some idiot used a firearm and shot people. We don’t know who the target was. We don’t know who the attacker was.”

The "Chicago Fire" (seen in season 10) there was a shooting near a funeral home where NBC's Wednesday was taping

The “Chicago Fire” shooting (seen in Season 10) happened near a funeral home where the NBC show was taping on Wednesday
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Although “no one was hit,” the suspect fled the scene in a “dark SUV,” and CPD detectives are investigating the shooting.

“It was chaotic because all these activities were happening at the same time,” Childs Jr. said. “Why would anyone do that? There were police present. Security guards were present. It was just an unbelievable situation.”

He added: “It was one of those days. You couldn’t write this in a novel.”

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"Chicago Fire" was filmed at AA Rayner & Son Funeral Home in Oak Park.  Taylor Kinney stars as Lt. Kelly Severide on the hit NBC show.

“Chicago Fire” was filmed at AA Rayner & Sons Funeral Home in Oak Park. Taylor Kinney stars as Lt. Kelly Severide on the hit NBC show.
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Childs Jr. estimated that about 70 people were near his funeral home or at the production site, and someone may have been seriously injured.

“Someone could have been killed, accidentally shot,” he said. “We just don’t know what was going through this person’s mind. We don’t understand it,” he said.

More security personnel were on the scene of the Dick Wolf drama, which stars Jesse Spencer, Kara Killmer, David Eigenberg and Lady Gaga’s ex-fiancé, Taylor Kinney.

"Chicago Fire" cast members were safe after a shooting near the production set on Wednesday (pictured in Season 10).

The cast of “Chicago Fire” was safe after a shooting near the production set Wednesday (pictured in Season 10).
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Between the sounds of sirens wailing from firefighters down the street and police sirens, Childs Jr. said that everything is “so chaotic” and “confusing”.

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“We can pray that no one is hurt,” he said. “I’m not sure how many victims were displaced by the fire.”

He added: “We are all thankful that no one was hurt here.”

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