Witnesses Say That Actor Alec Baldwin Was “Practicing” With Gun When It Fired and Killed Crew Member

New York Post

Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed the cinematographer and injured the director on the set of the movie “Rust.” After the incident, we’ve seen pictures of him doubled over crying and grieving the loss of the crew members. It’s clear he did not intend to hurt anyone.

Baldwin has not been charged with any crime, and he has been cooperating with the police. As an actor, it would not be his job to make sure a prop gun was safe to fire. When the gun was handed to him, it was described as a “cold gun,” which means that it is safe to fire on a film set. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Since the incident happened on a movie set, it would be easy to assume that there would be photos or videos of the accident or the events that happened before and after the accident, but that does not seem to be the case. A camera operator explained that the tragic accident happened when Baldwin was practicing with the gun. He was preparing for a scene.

According to witnesses, the cast and crew had taken a lunch break before Baldwin returned to set to practice with the prop gun. The film’s director, Joel Souza, doesn’t know if the prop gun was checked again after the lunch break to make sure it was safe.

Watch the video below to learn more details about this fatal accident as remembered by injured director Souza.

Producers for the movie “Rust” are discouraging cast and crew from talking to the media and advising them to ask that the media respects their privacy if they do decide to talk to the media.

In a letter, the movie’s producers also explained that they are cooperating with the investigation into what happened on set. In addition, the letter explains, “We are conducting an internal review of safety protocols.”

Sources claim that assistant director David Halls allowed the work environment on set to become unsafe even before the tragic accident. They claim the same prop gun had misfired previously and that other safety protocols were ignored.

At this point, it is unknown who if anyone will be held responsible for Halyna Hutchins’ death. It’s not as easy as saying one person is to blame since safety in this case does not fall entirely on the assistant director. The set’s armorer is also responsible for gun safety, and if the producers knew that there were safety issues on set, they could be responsible for allowing an unsafe work environment. On “Rust,” Baldwin is not just an actor but also a producer. How much he knew about the safety issues, if anything, is yet to be determined.

Do you think anyone will be held responsible for Hutchins death?