Actress Halyna Hutchins was shot by Alec Baldwin with a live round on set of ‘Rust,’ authorities confirm. The incident occurred during filming for Season 3 in June 2018, according to TMZ.
(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities released additional information on the shooting death of a cinematographer on a movie set in Santa Fe, New Mexico last week, which occurred when actor Alec Baldwin shot a toy pistol during a practice.
On Oct. 24, 2021, a candlelight vigil is held in Burbank, California, for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was murdered on the set of the film “Rust” by a pretend pistol shot by actor Alec Baldwin. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
A single live bullet from Baldwin’s Pietta Colt.45 revolver hit and killed 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injured 42-year-old Joel Souza, according to Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza.
A total of 500 rounds of ammunition were taken from the movie set, according to Mendoza. There were blanks, fake bullets, and, most likely, additional live rounds among them.
“On set, we have found what we believe to be more, live rounds,” Mendoza added.
Mendoza said no further live bullets were located in Baldwin’s rifle.
When actor Alec Baldwin fired a pretend handgun at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe on the afternoon of Oct. 21, Hutchins, the director of photography of the Western film “Rust,” and Souza, the film’s director, were shot.
According to a search warrant obtained by authorities, Baldwin was inside a church structure, seated on a wooden pew, practising unholstering his fake pistol and aiming it at the camera when he shot it. Hutchins was struck in the chest, while Souza was struck in the shoulder.
Hutchins was flown to a hospital by helicopter, where she died. Souza made it out alive.
Doctors retrieved the discharged bullet from Souza’s shoulder, according to Mendoza.
“We believe this expended case and recovered projectile to be the live round shot by Mr. Baldwin from the handgun,” Mendoza added.
At the time of the filming, there were roughly 16 people inside the church and about 90 on set.
Prosecutors have not yet determined whether to file criminal charges, according to Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.
“I will commence prosecution at that time if the facts, evidence, and law warrant charges,” Carmack-Altwies told reporters on Wednesday.
Assistant director Dave Halls gave Baldwin the fake gun and exclaimed that it was a “cold gun,” indicating it wasn’t filled with real ammo, according to the affidavit submitted by investigators.
Armor Hannah Gutierrez Reed, in addition to Halls, was in charge of the gun. According to the search warrant, Reed had brought three firearms to the set on a rolling cart, one of which was given to Baldwin.
According to the affidavit, Halls told officers he had no idea the revolver had live bullets in it.
Several camera operators and assistants had walked off the set earlier that day, before to the filming, to protest working conditions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Several crew members reportedly told the New York Times that on Oct. 16, Baldwin’s stunt double mistakenly discharged two bullets from a pistol that was also supposed to be cool.
Meanwhile, Sharon Waxman, editor-in-chief of The Wrap, told CBSLA on Tuesday that the pistol may have been handled by many persons on the day of the incident.
“Crew members who had gone out to pass the time, had fun shooting at targets in the desert before this tragedy happened.” Waxman stated, “With firearms from the set, including the pistol that murdered Halyna Hutchins.”