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. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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