The set of The Rookie became a real-life crime scene today, after at least two suspects reportedly fired off three shots near where Nathan Fillion and others were filming the ABC dramedy. The suspects are at large and their motives are unknown, although TMZ, who first reported the story, are speculating without evidence that the suspects may have believed the actors were real police officers and fired on them. The shots reportedly hit a building near the set location, and no one was injured, although it's being investigated seriously, especially since there were security guards posted near the location of the shooting who could have been hit.
Per the TMZ report, the shooting took place within "a known gang area," but as far as they know there is no reason why anyone would have had a grievance with security or the production. According to Deadline, LAPD's Ramparts Division is still on the scene after Officer William Cooper of LAPD media relations confirmed that a call came in at 2:56 PM of a possible shooting at Hartford Avenue and West 5th Street.
Fillion played Richard Castle in the network's hit series Castle, and has teamed up with one of the series' executive producers, Alexi Hawley, on the new series, in which he plays John Nolan, a man in his 40s who, after some life-changing events, packs up his belongings and moves to Los Angeles to become a cop. Season One picked up his story just after he graduated from the police academy, when he was assigned to the Mid-Wilshire division along with two other rookies.
At the end of Season One Nolan had been in the field with his Training Officer for six months, and he and the other rookies were facing a Training Evaluation exam that would decide whether they could continue in the department. As of the first episode of Season Two, all three rookies have passed the exam, some with better scores than others.
At the end of Season Two, the rookies were entering their final month of training, during which they were warned of more pressure and scrutiny than ever before.