Police officers are seen at a cordoned off area after a man was accidentally shot in Eagle Lane in Brisbane's central business district, Queensland, Australia. Photo: EPA

Australia police investigate after actor shot dead during filming of hip hop video

Australian police are investigating the death of an actor who suffered chest wounds from firearms used on the set of a music video on Monday, as media said the man was accidentally shot.

In a statement, Australian hip hop band Bliss n Eso said its members were not present at the Brisbane site of the incident, which took place around 3am during the filming of one of the band’s music clips.

“During the filming of that scene several firearms were used,” said Queensland state police detective inspector Tom Armitt. “As a result of the use of those firearms one of the actors has received wounds to the chest and has subsequently died from his injuries.”

The matter was being treated as a criminal investigation, he added. “I can’t tell you whether they are live or real firearms,” Armitt said.

Members of the film crew attempted to resuscitate the man before paramedics arrived, Armitt said.

No further details were immediately available. Long-running Australian band Bliss n Eso have had several local hits, including their latest single, Dopamine. Their sixth album is due out later this year.

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Police probe shooting on set of hip hop music video