Monday, August 17, 2009

Queen Latifah movie shoot in Chelsea delayed by shooting at housing project

From the Daily News by Edgar Sandoval and John Lauinger:

Workers prepping a Chelsea block for a movie shoot starring Queen Latifah got a shock Sunday when bullets started flying outside a nearby housing project, police and witnesses said.

Feliberto Rivera, 36, was hanging no-parking signs on W. 17th St. near 10th Ave. in advance of a shoot for the sports-themed romance "Just Wright" when he heard gunshots at the opposite end of the block.

Rivera said he turned around to see what happened and saw a man sprawled out on the street in front of the Fulton Houses.

"I was waiting for him to get up, but he did not," Rivera said. "He yelled, 'Help! Help!'"

"The neighbors kept saying, 'Get up!' Then the ambulance came."

The shooting took place shortly after the unidentified victim parked his car in front of the Fulton Houses around 6 p.m., witnesses said.

After getting out of the car, the victim got into an argument on the street with two guys. When the argument escalated, someone started shooting, hitting the victim twice in the torso and once in the leg, police and witnesses said.

"He was conscious the whole time, just in pain," Rivera said.

The victim was in stable condition at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan Sunday, a police source said, adding that no arrests have been made.

The car the victim had been driving was registered to Prince Harris, 29, of East Harlem, records show, but it was unclear if Harris was the victim.

The "Just Wright" shoot was expected to take place Monday, Rivera said. Latifah stars opposite rapper-turned-actor Common, according to published reports.

The flick, due out next year, is about a sports trainer who falls in love with a professional basketball player while helping him rehab from an injury.

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