Authorities: Live bullets fired at Old West show

Posted June 24, 2011, at 9:30 p.m.

PIERRE, S.D. — One of the participants in a mock Old West gun battle in South Dakota fired live ammunition instead of using blanks, wounding three tourists, authorities announced Friday.

More than 100 people attended the show a week ago staged by the Dakota Wild Bunch re-enactors, who perform several times a week in Hill City, a tourist town in the Black Hills.

The ammunition shattered a 65-year-old Minnesota woman’s fibula, a bone in the lower leg. A 48-year-old Pennsylvania man and a 52-year-old Nebraska man were also wounded.

The simulated gunbattles have been suspended at least until the sheriff’s department investigation ends. The mock shootouts between lawmen and outlaws have been held in Hill City for at least a couple of decades, and the Dakota Wild Bunch has been doing the show for about four years, Brett McMacken, city administrator for Hill City, has said.