Film Crew Robbed While Preparing for Movie Shoot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
On the bright side, the producers are getting a tax credit.

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Crew members doing prep work for a movie titled "Little Murder" found themselves part of their own crime drama in Detroit as two teens robbed one of them at gunpoint, police said.
The crew had been in the west side neighborhood for a couple of days without apparent incident until about 2:30 p.m. Friday when two males, described by police as 16- to 17-year-olds, approached with shotguns.
One man's wallet and cell phone were taken before the teens fled, but police were quick to respond and chased them through the neighborhood.
One teen was shot in the shoulder after pointing his weapon at officers, Detroit police spokesman John Roach said. His wounds were not believed to be critical.
His accomplice was caught and arrested a short time later, police said. The wallet and cell phone were recovered.
Michigan and Detroit have been prime locations for movie makers after state tax incentives went into effect last year. The refundable movie tax credit of up to 42 percent on production expenses in the state is the most lucrative in the country.
"Little Murder," which will star actor Terrence Howard, is a thriller set in New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina.
"Ironic, isn't it?" City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. said of the movie's working title.
Cockrel lives near the location where the crew was set up and heard the shots fired Friday.
"I heard what sounded like a heated argument," he said. "Then I heard one shot, a loud bang. At first I thought it was a firecracker."
Given Detroit's reputation for violence and one of the highest crime rates in the nation, the robbery has the potential to give the city another black eye.
But Cockrel said such incidents are not unusual in urban areas.
"It does happen," he said. "I think it's important not to walk away with the perception that Detroit is dangerous."
What should be noted, he said, is the timely police response and quick arrests.
"Police will do everything in their power to respond to a situation like this," Cockrel said.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    The minute these Teens put the guns into their hands, made them eligible to be tried as ADULTS.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    GO figure..Detroit and Flint are about the same when CRIME comes into play.And anyone who thinks making a few movies in the Community is going to make the CRIMINAL element go away..Guess again! Flint is Disgusting, as well DRIVE by shootings, innocent little girls getting shot in the head. All by a bunch of UNEDUCATED punks, who know nothing . Guess we have to have Bullet Proof vests handed out to every citizen, and when out of towners come here, make them stop at a welcome center to be briefed on where and where not to go. Get this scum off the streets..throw em in PRISON , where they will eventually end up anyways. Let them live behind bars where they belong.
  • by Sluggo Location: Afghanistan on Aug 22, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    "I think it's important not to walk away with the perception that Detroit is dangerous." Is he serious?? Where else but Detroit can you be held up at SHOTGUN point by a couple of PUNK thugs at 2 in the afternoon. If these thugs want to carry a weapon so bad, I know where they could go. But then they wouldnt even attept that, they have people that shoot back here. I hope they lock the losers up for life.
  • by Barbara Location: Lansing on Aug 21, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    Wow Detroit just got another gold star for the place no one would ever want to visit (unless tax break and that might not even be good enough now) let alone stay permanently!I loved this comment "But Cockrel said such incidents are not unusual in urban areas. "It does happen," he said. "I think it's important not to walk away with the perception that Detroit is dangerous." That's right you don't walk away from detroit you RUN!!!! I wouldn't even visit Detroit for a million dollars. What a he** hole!
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