A haunted house Halloween attraction in North Carolina turned into a real-life horror show — with shots fired during a wild brawl involving about 1,000 people.
Officers were first called to the Reaper’s Realm Haunted house in China Grove Saturday on reports of gunfire — only to be met by the “chaotic” mass brawl in the parking lot, The Charlotte Observer said.
“Deputies had to deal with multiple large and small groups of persons that were fighting each other, and there were some shots fired by persons at the event,” Rowan County Sheriff’s Office told the paper.
Overwhelmed deputies called in help from “multiple agencies” including the state highway patrol and local police, the report said.
Officers used “pepper spray on some of the persons at the location who refused to … cease fighting and disperse,” the force said.
A silver Dodge Ram was also seen speeding away “and the vehicle’s occupants are suspected to have fired a number of shots during this incident,” officials said.
An unnamed victim then turned up at a local hospital “for treatment of a gunshot wound to his foot,” cops said.
“This victim said that he was initially unaware that he had suffered a gunshot wound until he had left the Reaper’s Realm location, and that he must have suffered the wound as he was running away from the location where there were shots fired,” the sheriff’s department told the paper.
He was treated and released and “provided only limited information about what happened.”
Five juveniles were arrested and three handguns were confiscated, officials said.
“Parents of the juveniles will be contacted, and the juveniles will be charged and processed through the juvenile court system,” the release said.
The haunted house — about 34 miles northeast of Charlotte — addressed the “unfortunate incident” in a Facebook post.
“The altercation occurred between underage teens from Charlotte that had illegal firearms,” the attraction said.
“This is not the kind of behavior that is welcomed at our haunt. … In ten years of operation, this was the first time that we have ever had to call for police or EMS,” it said, saying it was now increasing security.
“We understand that this was a scary situation, but want everyone to know that this type of behavior is not the norm and is not acceptable at Reaper’s Realm,” it insisted.