Courtesy of Wikipedia
It is life imitating art that is imitating life. In a strange coincidence, N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton
were shaken up by a real and intense drive-by shooting
that occurred near the set.
The film's title is based on N.W.A.'s 1988 double platinum album, of the same name, that brought gangsta rap into the mainstream. The songs on the album featured an insider's perspective of the violence within gang-ridden south central L.A. during that period.
Eyewitnesses have told TMZ
that the incident occurred when local bystanders, not in any way connected to the film, flashed gang signs at a passing car outside the Compton Courthouse in Los Angeles last week. Gunfire then ensued; but, to be clear, they were not targeting the crew, who were just there by chance. One nearby civilian was hit, but survived.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is investigating, but there has not yet been any confirmation of the incident being gang related.
Shooting for the movie will continue in another location in Compton next week.