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By: Hannah Stoughton
Oct. 21st, 2021: Prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin kills cinematographer and injures director on the movie set of “Rust.”
At the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, actor Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a hot round from a prop firearm, injuring director Joel Souza and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while shooting the new film “Rust.”
Baldwin was reportedly told by assistant director Dave Halls that the firearm was a “cold gun,” meaning that the gun was empty. Since the incident, multiple reports have come out against Halls, stating that he does not maintain a safe work environment, and that crew had walked off set just hours before the shooting because of unsafe measures regarding a prop gun that had misfired on set prior to this scene. Crew members have also reported that no safety meetings were ever called on set, and that it was not announced prior that there was a gun on set until another member found out and demanded it be told.
Baldwin released a statement regarding the situation via Twitter, stating “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
There is an ongoing investigation into the incident, and while no criminal charges have been filed yet, they are not completely out of the question as the case continues to unfold.