Actor and producer Alec Baldwin is probably grateful his life is not unfolding like the movie he was filming in New Mexico.
Officials say Actor and producer Alec Baldwin accidentally killed his cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, and also wounded director Joel Souza after allegedly shooting them with a prop gun that reportedly contained live ammunition on set for the upcoming film “Rust.”
The shootings and death occurred on a movie set located at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, south of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Firearms expert Bryan Carpenter of Dark Thirty Film Services, told the New York Post that “loaded or unloaded, a weapon never gets pointed at another human being.” He noted that all guns used in film and TV productions are usually fired at a dummy point, not at an actor, crew member, or equipment.
“You never let the muzzle of a weapon cover something you don’t intend to destroy,” said Carpenter. “All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.”
“I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna,” Souza said in a statement to Fox News. “She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better. My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.”
Baldwin took to social media to address his alleged shooting of Hutchins.
“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,” Baldwin said in a post to his verified Twitter account. “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.”
According to an affidavit for a search warrant, Baldwin did not know the prop gun he fired was loaded with live ammunition, reported The Epoch Times. The assistant director who handed the firearm to Baldwin did not know it was loaded, either, the warrant said.
Before the gun was discharged, the assistant director shouted, “Cold gun,” before Baldwin allegedly killed Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounded director Joel Souza, 48, as reported KOB-TV.
Hutchins was airlifted by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she was pronounced dead. Souza was driven by an ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, where he received emergency treatment for his injuries, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office.
The Sheriff’s office said in a statement that Hutchins and Souza were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by the 68-year old producer and actor. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that a tearful Baldwin was questioned by investigators.
No charges were filed as of late Thursday evening, according to a news release sent by the sheriff’s office. An email request for comment was not immediately returned by Sheriff Adan Mendoza.
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