As reported by The US Sun, Kevin Hart was shocked while filming a commercial for his tequila brand in lawless Los Angeles and was involved in a horrific shooting.
The ‘Get Hard’ star, production crew and cast took cover at the Mayfair Hotel, where filming was taking place, when gunfire rang out just meters away on Saturday night, an eyewitness said.
A male victim, who is not believed to have worked in the commercial, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, police confirmed. So far there have been no arrests.
According to eyewitnesses, Hart, 44, had been walking all day in the 7th Street and Witmer area where the shooting occurred.
During the incident, multiple gunshots were heard in the immediate vicinity of the hotel near downtown Los Angeles.
Panicked producers and PAs shouted at actors and extras, who had gathered for a scene at the side entrance of the hotel on Witmer Street, to run inside for cover.
As police cruisers roamed 7th Street, the crew filming the commercial nervously waited at the hotel for news.
Firefighters and paramedics responded and the victim was transported to the hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
A production worker was told by a firefighter that the victim had been hit in the leg.
Police later cordoned off a portion of 7th Street to conduct their investigation.
Forensic teams gathered outside the crime scene near Rosa’s convenience store until the early hours of the morning.
The incident happened near the building used as the home of Eddie Murphy’s character, Axel Foley, in the hit 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop.
Production was paused for about an hour after filming wrapped because the actors were “very nervous and shaken up,” a source told The US Sun.
The insider said: “Kevin Hart’s shot was significantly compromised at times.
“There have been reports of numerous shots being fired near the Mayfair Hotel.
“One witness called it a rampage rampage.
“There was real fear and terror that a gunman would come and shoot people in the area.
“We understand that the speakers were present on set and the producers then urged the people associated with the commercial who were standing in the alley outside to rush to the hotel for their own safety.
“We were told that people were afraid for their lives.
“They had to wait a while before they got a sense of security or a sense that the shooter was contained.
“But the producers did the right thing to bail out their people.”
The source added: “We were told Kevin had been firing in that area all day and from a base camp on 7th Street.
“It was fortunate that the incident happened while he was at the hotel working on scenes.
“He could have been in serious danger if he was near the shooting.
“These crimes in LA are so unpredictable and criminals don’t care if someone is famous before they shoot them.”
“We assume he supported the production team’s approach to dealing with a difficult situation. But it was definitely very, very scary.”
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said: “LAPD units were at the scene at 10:34 p.m. Saturday night following a shootout at 7th Street and Witmer Street.
“One man was shot and transported to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.
“We currently have no suspicious information.”
An LAFD spokesman added: “LAFD provided both fire and emergency services after an 911 call was received at 10:32 p.m. about a possible shooting at the 1200 block of 7th Street near Hartford Avenue.
“We had one patient who was admitted to a local hospital with initially non-life-threatening injuries.”
Hart founded his tequila brand Gran Coramino last year in partnership with Juan Domingo Beckmann, CEO of José Cuervo.
It’s not the first time the star has found herself in a scary situation lately.
In September 2019, he suffered serious back injuries while riding as a passenger in a car that crashed in the Malibu Hills.
Hart had to undergo surgery and recover in a rehabilitation facility after the car rolled into an embankment.
The US Sun has reached out to Hart’s rep for comment.