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Sheriff: Baldwin fired shot on movie set that killed woman

Authorities are investigating after confirming that a prop firearm discharged by actor Alec Baldwin, while producing and starring in a Western movie, killed the cinematographer and wounded the director.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer on the movie “Rust,” and director Joel Souza were shot Thursday on the rustic film set in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe.

Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, the sheriff's department said.

Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.

Production was halted on the film.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks, though a charge without a metal projectile is unlikely to kill at a moderate distance.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the 63-year-old Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get comment from him were unsuccessful.

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It's hard to believe this could happen with a true prop gun but still no gun should ever be pointed at someone and the trigger pulled.

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1 hour ago, Marysara1 said:

It's happened before Brandon Lee and Jon  -Erik Hexum

This situation seems a little different. Hexum fired a blank with gun right to his head, thinking it would be harmless. Lee was killed when something became lodged in the barrel of the gun, and then was ejected when the blank went off. The latest I've read about this current situation is that Baldwin was handed a gun with a full, live round in it. At the very least, it's negligence on the part of several people, all of whom should have checked the gun before and after it was handed to Baldwin.

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38 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

This situation seems a little different. Hexum fired a blank with gun right to his head, thinking it would be harmless. Lee was killed when something became lodged in the barrel of the gun, and then was ejected when the blank went off. The latest I've read about this current situation is that Baldwin was handed a gun with a full, live round in it. At the very least, it's negligence on the part of several people, all of whom should have checked the gun before and after it was handed to Baldwin.

According to the L.A. Times  it is illegal for there to be live ammo at a film set.     So whoever brought that live ammo on the set could be charged with a crime.

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24 minutes ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

According to the L.A. Times  it is illegal for there to be live ammo at a film set.     So whoever brought that live ammo on the set could be charged with a crime.

I was just reading some more info on the case. It seems the "live ammo" statement could have been referring to a 1/2 load blank, and not a real, fully-loaded round. Still a lot of speculation and conflicting data out there.

I also read that the film had been experiencing a lot of trouble, with lack of crew pay, hotel accommodations disappearing, previous complaints about safety issues, and more. Many of the crew walked off the day before and the morning of the accident, and were hastily replaced with local crew who may not have been vetted or trained appropriately. 

This seems to be an unfortunate result of industry-wide issues involving rushed production schedules due to prior Covid-related shutdowns and postponements, as well as ill-advised cost-and-corner cutting. As Alec Baldwin was one of the producers on the film, some of the blame will likely fall on his shoulders.

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Rust crew reportedly complained about unsafe working conditions before Alec Baldwin prop gun accident

Last night, news broke that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died on the set of Rust after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun thought to only contain blanks. Director Joel Souza also sustained injuries, and was released from the hospital earlier today. IATSE Local 44—the union for craft professionals that includes prop masters—says that the gun used on the movie’s set had a “live round” and that the prop master wasn’t a member of the association.

Now, The LA Times and Deadline report that before the fatal accident, seven of Rust’s camera crew members walked off set in protest of unsafe working conditions. Sources say the workers’ complaints included being expected to arrive to set at 6:30 a.m., and only being offered accommodations in Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe (as they’d initially been promised), requiring them to make a 50-mile drive to set each day.

“We cited everything from lack of payment for three weeks, taking our hotels away despite asking for them in our deals, lack of Covid safety, and on top of that, poor gun safety! Poor on-set safety period!” a member of the camera crew wrote on a private Facebook page, according to Deadline.

Per The LA Times, “As the camera crew—members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees—spent about an hour assembling their gear at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, several nonunion crew members showed up to replace them.” The publication also reports that “a member of the producer staff then ordered the union members to leave the set,” hence why the production ended up with a nonunion prop master.

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So according to this they had a live round in the chamber which is negligence, plus unsafe working conditions. Alec may be in trouble.

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23 minutes ago, MovieMadness said:

Rust crew reportedly complained about unsafe working conditions before Alec Baldwin prop gun accident

Last night, news broke that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died on the set of Rust after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun thought to only contain blanks. Director Joel Souza also sustained injuries, and was released from the hospital earlier today. IATSE Local 44—the union for craft professionals that includes prop masters—says that the gun used on the movie’s set had a “live round” and that the prop master wasn’t a member of the association.

Now, The LA Times and Deadline report that before the fatal accident, seven of Rust’s camera crew members walked off set in protest of unsafe working conditions. Sources say the workers’ complaints included being expected to arrive to set at 6:30 a.m., and only being offered accommodations in Albuquerque instead of Santa Fe (as they’d initially been promised), requiring them to make a 50-mile drive to set each day.

“We cited everything from lack of payment for three weeks, taking our hotels away despite asking for them in our deals, lack of Covid safety, and on top of that, poor gun safety! Poor on-set safety period!” a member of the camera crew wrote on a private Facebook page, according to Deadline.

Per The LA Times, “As the camera crew—members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees—spent about an hour assembling their gear at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, several nonunion crew members showed up to replace them.” The publication also reports that “a member of the producer staff then ordered the union members to leave the set,” hence why the production ended up with a nonunion prop master.

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So according to this they had a live round in the chamber which is negligence, plus unsafe working conditions. Alec may be in trouble.

 

Alec Baldwin Didn’t Know Prop Gun Contained a Live Round, Warrant Says

https://www.mediaite.com/news/alec-baldwin-didnt-know-prop-gun-contained-a-live-round-warrant-says/

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7 hours ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

According to the L.A. Times  it is illegal for there to be live ammo at a film set.     So whoever brought that live ammo on the set could be charged with a crime.

This shows why you shouldn't get information from the L. A. Times. 

It can't be illegal, or no one could ever film a gunshot because blanks are live ammo. 

 

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20 hours ago, JamesJazGuitar said:

According to the L.A. Times  it is illegal for there to be live ammo at a film set.     So whoever brought that live ammo on the set could be charged with a crime.

Heard a report this AM on one of news shows that apparently there are times when live ammo is used.  There is a whole big section of instructions on when and how to use.  Seems major problem is that whoever was handling the props, ammo, etc. was poorly trained as opposed to the more highly trained people normally used.

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Jensen Ackles Discussed Gun Preparation on ‘Rust’

“I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shootout. They had me pick my gun, they were like, ‘All right, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’” the actor, 43, told fans at a Supernatural convention that took place in Denver from October 15 to 17. “I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe.’”

According to Ackles, the armorer told him that she was “going to put some blanks” in the gun and instructed him to “fire off a couple rounds” at the landscape in the distance, which he did easily. He noted that Baldwin — who is also a producer on the project — was present when he went in for the role.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department said that the 30 Rock alum, 63, “discharged” a weapon on the set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday, October 21. Hutchins, 42, was pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, while Souza, 48, was transported to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to receive medical attention and released on Friday, October 22.

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This sounds like a highly trained bunch of gunslingers.

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One of my favorite right  wing  forums is already at it. This was no accident. Baldwin shot  the cinematographer either  because 

she  wouldn't screw him or she was  a conservative and had  to be killed by Hollywood  lefties. These kooks never disappoint. 

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Alec Baldwin has a history of opposing the NRA

Alec Baldwin, who discharged a prop firearm on a film set Thursday, killing a cinematographer, has a history of speaking out against the National Rifle Association and other gun rights activists.

Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the western film "Rust" in New Mexico, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injuring director Joel Souza, 48,.

The incident led to calls from those across Hollywood and the entertainment industry to end the use of firearm blanks.

And Baldwin himself has a notable tenure of speaking out against gun rights advocates, including the NRA.

Baldwin in 2018 joined a coalition of other celebrities and activists in forming the "No Rifle Association Initiative," which aimed to reduce the NRA's sphere of influence on American politics and society, according to a report in The Guardian at the time.

The group hoped to curb the NRA's influence by encouraging voter registration, demonstrations, and boycotts, the report said.

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This is the recommendation from the NRA website about guns:

ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction

This is the primary rule of gun safety. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

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If they followed NRA recommendations then this accident never would have happened.

 

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The Big Three:

1) Always treat every gun as if it's loaded.

2) Never point a gun at anyone you're not willing to kill.

3) Keep you finger away from the trigger until the moment before firing.

Obviously, all three of these were broken, or this 'accident' could never have happened.

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4 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

 

Alec Baldwin, who discharged a prop firearm on a film set Thursday, killing a cinematographer, has a history of speaking out against the National Rifle Association and other gun rights activists.

If they followed NRA recommendations then this accident never would have happened.

 

Yeah, the irony is sublime.  That goes for Hollywood in general- they've made untold millions/billions of dollars portraying and glorifying gunplay, yet they want to outlaw private ownership of firearms in the US.

 

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Warrant: Baldwin was 'practicing' with gun

Witnesses said actor Alec Baldwin was "practicing" with a gun when it went off before filming started on the set of "Rust" in New Mexico, according to new information released Sunday in search warrants.

The new information includes previously unreported statements from director Joel Souza and cameraman Reid Russell.

Souza, 48, said Baldwin had been practicing Thursday when the gun went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injuring the director, according to the latest warrant information.

The cast and crew had taken a lunch break, and when they returned, Souza told authorities, he wasn’t sure if the firearm to be used by Baldwin had been checked anew for safety.

"Joel advised they returned back to the set after lunch, although he is not sure if the firearm was checked again," the warrant states. "Joel stated they had Alec sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw. Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of Halayna, when he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop."

The director said he vaguely remembers Hutchins' reaction. She was "complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection," according to the warrant.

"Joel also said Halayna began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground," it said. "Joel explained that he was bleeding from his shoulder and he could see blood on Halayna."

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Every day they report a different story, now he was practicing with the gun when it went off.

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