SHOCKED Kevin Hart has been caught up in a terrifying shooting spree while filming a commercial for his tequila brand in lawless Los Angeles, The U.S. Sun has been told.
The Get Hard star, production crew, and actors took cover inside The Mayfair Hotel where the shoot was taking place as gunfire rang out yards away on Saturday night, an eyewitness said.
A male victim – who is not believed to have been working on the commercial – was rushed to hospital in a critical but stable condition, cops confirmed. No arrests have been made so far.
Hart, 44, had been in and out all day of the area on 7th Street and Witmer where the shooting incident took place, according to eyewitnesses.
Multiple gunshots were heard very close to the hotel near downtown Los Angeles during the incident.
Panicked producers and PAs shouted at actors and extras who were assembled for a scene at the hotel’s side entrance on Witmer to run inside for cover.
Once cop patrol cars swarmed 7th Street, the group shooting the commercial nervously waited inside the hotel for news.
Fire crew and paramedics responded and the victim was transported to the hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department.
One production member was told by a firefighter that the victim had been hit in the leg.
Police later closed off part of 7th Street to conduct their investigation.
Forensics teams gathered outside the scene of the shooting near Rosa’s Mini Market until the early hours of the morning.
The incident took place very close to the building that was used as the apartment of Eddie Murphy’s character Axel Foley in the hit 1984 movie Beverly Hills Cop.
Production was held up for about an hour after the shooting as actors were left “very nervous and shaken,” a source told The U.S. Sun.
The insider said: “Kevin Hart’s shoot was at considerable threat at one moment.
“There were reports of many gunshots being fired close to the Mayfair Hotel.
“One witness called it a wild shooting spree.
“There was genuine fear and terror that an armed individual could be coming to shoot people in the area.
“We understand PAs on set and then producers urged people connected to the commercial, who were stood outside in the alley, to rush inside the hotel for their own safety.
“We were told people were frightened for their lives.
“They had to wait for a while to get any sense of safety or feel that the shooter was contained.
“But the producers did the right thing to get their people away from trouble.”
The source added: “We were told that Kevin had been shooting in that area and in out of a base camp on 7th Street all day.
“It was lucky that the incident happened when he was inside the hotel, working on scenes.
“He could have been in serious danger had he been close to the shooting.
“These crimes in LA are so unpredictable and criminals do not care if someone is famous before they shoot them.
“We understand he supported the production team’s approach to dealing with a tricky situation. But it was definitely very, very scary.”
A Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman said: “LAPD units attended at 10.34pm on Saturday night after there was a shooting at 7th and Witmer.
“A male was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital in a critical but stable condition.
“We have no suspect information at this time.”
An LAFD spokesman added: “The LAFD provided both fire and emergency services after receiving a 911 call at 10.32pm reporting a possible shooting in the 1200 block of 7th Street near Hartford Avenue.
“We had one patient who was taken to an area hospital for what were described initially as non-life threatening injuries.”
Hart created his tequila brand Gran Coramino last year by teaming up with José Cuervo CEO Juan Domingo Beckmann.
It is not the first time the star has been caught up in a scary situation in recent times.
In September 2019 he suffered major back injuries while traveling 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 U.S. Sun has reached out to Hart’s rep asking for comment.