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Alec Baldwin Prop Gun – Alec Baldwin shooting: Sheriff describes film set ‘complacency’
Court records say Mr Halls reportedly called out “cold gun” as he handed over the weapon, meaning it was considered safe. New details of his police interviews, reported by US media on Wednesday, say the assistant director has admitted to investigators that he did not check the gun’s chamber for live rounds before handing it to Mr Baldwin.
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please don’t joke about this woman’s death at the expense of Alec Baldwin. her husband lost half his heart. her son lost his world. it’s not funny. pic.twitter.com/OPILNkBnDl
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Alec Baldwin Was Told Gun in Fatal Shooting on Set Was Safe, Officials Explain
The entertainer was told a handgun 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 dusty foothills have created the backdrop of Westerns since the 1950s, Alec Baldwin was shooting a new motion picture on Thursday afternoon when his character, an outlaw, needed a gun.
An assistant director grabbed 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 intended to identify that the gun did not have any live rounds in it.
When Mr. Baldwin discharged the gun, law enforcement officials said, it struck 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 define what kind of ammunition the gun had been loaded with.
The assistant director on the set of “Rust” where Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins had formerly 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 gave the prop gun to Baldwin prior to the fatal shooting at the Bonanza Ranch in New Mexico, indicating wrongly that the weapon did not carry live shells 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 unclear how many rounds were fired. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to authorities when they showed up, the court records say.
Halls did not immediately return phone and email communications seeking comment. The Associated Press was not able to contact Gutierrez, and several communications sent to production agencies associated with the film were not promptly returned Friday.
The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing beside 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 explained she and some other crew members were showing up at a private funeral Friday night in Santa Fe.
Baldwin depicted the killing as a “tragic accident.”
A distraught 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 comforting the family of the cinematographer he unintentionally killed on the set of his movie, as additional reports came through on Sunday of uncomfortable exercises during the shooting of the Western “Rust”.
Baldwin’s stunt double unintentionally fired two rounds Saturday after being told that the gun was “cold”– vocabulary for a weapon that doesn’t have any ammunition, including blanks– two crew members who watched the episode told the Los Angeles Times.
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