Real Drive-By Shooting Reportedly Rattles ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Set

By Brian Ives

A drive-by shooting on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was the real deal, bullets and all.

Gossip news site TMZ reports that gunfire erupted outside of a Compton courthouse last week when some local guys (and not the film’s cast or crew) flashed gang signs at a passing car. The website postulated that the gunmen were not targeting the crew of the film, but the bullets came close anyway.

A nearby civilian was reportedly hit, but survived.

Related: Not Fade Away: How N.W.A.’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Broke America’s Barriers

The L.A. County Sheriff’s department is investigating the incident, and has not yet determined if it was gang related.

Filming is expected to continue — in Compton — as planned. The film is being directed by F. Gary Gray, who has directed the real life Ice Cube in the 1995 film Friday, as well as Cube’s 1992 video for “It Was A Good Day” and the 1994 Cube/Dr. Dre collaboration “Natural Born Killaz.”

Cube and Dre are among the producers on the film.

This is the second bit of negative publicity the much-anticipated movie has received in recent weeks; in July, the film was criticized for a female casting call that was seen as offensive and racist.

Straight Outta Compton is slated for a August 2015 release date.


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