UPDATED with police comment and Kates’ account: Real-life and fictional police action blended on the set of NBC’s cop drama Shades of Blue Wednesday night. Details are murky but there are reports of men who interrupted the location shoot of the show in the Bedford–Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York.
Word is that shots were fired, there was chaos and police were called. I hear star Jennifer Lopez had just left for the day but recurring guest star Kathryn Kates was there, with two female PAs banging on the door of her trailer as they were allegedly being chased by the perpetrators. (You can read her account below).
There are conflicting reports about gunfire in the streets where the series was filming. I hear police or security quickly took control over the situation. While a number of cast and crew members are shaken, sources close to the production say that everyone on the show is safe. When reached for comment, NYPD Lt. Thomas Antonetti told Deadline that they had no confirmed reports of a shooting and that no 911 call was made.
Shades of Blue, an NYPD crime thriller starring Lopez, Ray Liotta and Drea de Matteo, is currently filming its second season for a midseason premiere. Lopez plays Harlee Santos, a single-mother NYPD Detective, who is forced to work in the FBI’s anti-corruption task force, while dealing with her own problems.
I had a late call, and was picked up from my NYC apartment around 4PM. I was driven to the Bedford Stuyvesant address in Brooklyn. They had used this neighborhood last season and my character, Mrs. Saperstein’s home is there.
I was driven to my trailer, which was right behind JLO’s trailer but she had left a few hours earlier. I arrived late in the day around 4:30 and there were police cars when I arrived – and I was told there had been gunshots – but I don’t know what happened with that, all seemed fine and there was a police presence. my trailer was many blocks from the set.
I was sent to hair and makeup and then, hours later while very dark, I was inside my trailer with a woman named Tracey from wardrobe. We heard a commotion outside, then banging on my door and female voices pleading to let them in. Tracey opened the door and quickly locked it – the 2 PA’s rushed in saying they were being threatened and, had she not locked the door, whomever was outside would have gotten in. The people outside started banging on my door. I was about to call 911 but they were already on the walkie talkies with the producers and security. and within 5 minutes, we were escorted to a van and taken to a trailer closer to the set.
Shortly after, I was escorted to the set (the downstairs of a house) and the director, Jim McKay, and the producer, David DeClerque, kept me there. There was a final scene with Warren Kole (who plays Stahl) but it was an outside shot and they cancelled it. Warren Kohl and I were the only actors working last night. We wrapped sometime after 11PM.