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Alec Baldwin Shoot – Alec Baldwin Didn’t Know Prop Gun That Killed Halyna Hutchins Was Loaded With Live Rounds, Sheriff Says
Alec Baldwin had no idea the prop gun he fired on Thursday was loaded with live rounds, according to a search warrant filed Friday. Baldwin shot and killed the director of photography for his film Rust, Halyna Hutchins, in what he later called a “tragic accident.” The search warrant states that an assistant director handed Baldwin the gun and informed the actor the prop was safe to use. In reality, the firearm held live bullets, though the assistant director also did not know, police wrote in the affidavit. Who loaded the live round into the gun has not been disclosed. The New York Post reported that the prop master in charge of the gun was a non-union worker brought in to fill the position of a prop master who had walked off the set.
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Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Deadly Shooting on Set Was Actually Safe, Officials Say
The entertainer was told a firearm being used as a prop was safe before he shot it on the set of “Rust,” killing the film’s cinematographer and injuring its director, police officials said.
On a ranch in northern New Mexico, where the cottonwoods and the dust-covered foothills have formed the backdrop of Westerns since the 1950s, Alec Baldwin was filming a new motion picture on Thursday afternoon when his character, an outlaw, required a gun.
An assistant director picked up one of three prop guns that the film’s armorer had set up outside on a gray cart, handed it to Mr. Baldwin, and, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Joel Cano of the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office, yelled “Cold Gun!”– which was designed to specify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.
When Mr. Baldwin shot the gun, law enforcement officials said, it hit and killed the film’s cinematographer and wounded its director– and raised new concerns about firearms safety on film sets.
The assistant director “did not know live rounds were in the prop-gun” when he gave it to Mr. Baldwin, according to the affidavit, which was made as part of a search warrant application. The affidavit did not specify what type of ammunition the gun had been loaded with.
The assistant director on the set of “Rust” where Alec Baldwin shot a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had in the past allowed an unsafe working setting on productions, according to a prop maker who worked with him.
Dave Halls “at first he seemed like an older, affable first [assistant director] with the usual run of idiosyncrasies, but that facade soon disappeared,” according to prop maker Maggie Goll, who said she was contacted to work on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February 2019.
” He did not maintain a safe working environment,” Goll said in a detailed report to NBC News. “Sets were almost always allowed to become increasingly claustrophobic, no established fire lanes, exits blocked … safety meetings were nonexistent.”
According to court records, Halls handed the prop gun to Baldwin before the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, signaling mistakenly that the weapon did not have live rounds by calling “cold gun.”
The gun was just one of three that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, had set on a cart outside the wooden structure where a scene was being acted, according to the records. Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in the search warrant application.
It was not clear how many rounds were discharged. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she handed the weapon over to authorities when they got there, the court records say.
Halls did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. The Associated Press was not able to contact Gutierrez, and several emails sent off to production agencies associated with the film were not promptly returned Friday.
The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing next to Hutchins when she was shot.
” I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,'” Mitchell told The Associated Press. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”
Mitchell said she and various other crew members were going to a private commemoration Friday night in Santa Fe.
Baldwin depicted the killing as a “tragic accident.”
A shook up Baldwin was captured on film outside a hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday embracing and talking with Matt Hutchins, the husband of Halyna Hutchins, and their nine-year-old son.
Alec Baldwin has been seen soothing the family of the cinematographer he mistakenly killed on the set of his movie, as numerous reports came out on Sunday of uncomfortable practices during the filming of the Western “Rust”.
Baldwin’s stunt double unexpectedly fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold”– language for a weapon that doesn’t have any bullets, including blanks– two crew members who witnessed the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
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