Alec Baldwin fatally shoots cinematographer with prop gun
By Sara Cox 10/30/21
A fatal accident occurred on a movie set on the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico.
Alec Baldwin was shooting his latest movie, "Rust", when he fired a live round out of his gun killing cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and injuring director, Joel Souza. Baldwin was told by assistant director, David Halls, that the gun was not loaded with live rounds before beginning to shoot the scene. Halls admitted to a safety lapse and also admitted to not checking all of the rounds before handing off the gun to Baldwin but states that it was, “not a deliberate act”. Halls said in an interview, “I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, Hannah opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set”.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed is the armorer on set and claims she checked the dummy before their lunch break to make sure there were no live rounds and that during lunch, the weapons were taken to a safe location nearby. Reed also states that no live rounds are ever kept on set so, she is not sure how one ended up in the barrel of Baldwin’s gun. Sources claim that seven crew members walked off set just hours before the accident had taken place due to safety procedures.
There has been no updates on whether anyone has been charged with any crimes and police are still gathering information. As for Baldwin, he is “heartbroken and devastated about the incident”, and has cancelled all current projects to take time for himself and to be with his family.