Alec Baldwin speaks out after deadly firearms shooting on ‘Rust’ set

UPDATE: Alec Baldwin posted a statement on Hutchins’ death on social media on Friday morning.

“There are no words to convey my shock and grief over the tragic accident that took the lives of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he tweeted. “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to resolve how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband and offer my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Halyna. ”

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Original story: The entertainment world is stunned by Thursday’s firearms crash on the set of the Western movie Rust. Alec Baldwin fired a weapon that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and left director Joel Souza, 48, hospitalized.

New photos show the 63-year-old actor visibly appalled after the incident. The Emmy-winning actor looks shaken as he speaks on the phone outside the sheriff’s office, according to Santa Fe New Mexican. Rust was filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe, NM

Souza, originally listed in critical condition, was released from hospital late Thursday, Rust actress Frances Fisher announced.

Right now, there are more questions than answers about how an accident like this happened.

“According to investigators, it appears that the scene that was filmed involved the use of a prop weapon when it was unloaded,” the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

Security guards stand behind a locked gate at the entrance to Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Security guards stand behind a locked gate at the entrance to Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo: Getty Images)

Authorities responded to the incident around 1:50 p.m. local time. The investigation is still open and no charges have been filed.

A spokesman for Baldwin told the Associated Press that there was an accident on the set that involved a fire in a stopper gun with items. As the AP notes, discharging a firearm without a metal projectile is unlikely to kill a person at a moderate distance. A Baldwin representative has not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.

IndieWire reports that IATSE Local 44, which covers props masters, sent an email to its members early Friday morning stating that the gun used in the scene contained “a live round”. The production’s propmaster was reportedly not a member of Local 44. Yahoo Entertainment contacted the group for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Production on Rust has been stopped “for an indefinite period”.

“The entire cast and crew have been completely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” a spokesman for Rust Movies Productions LLC said in a statement to Deadline.

“We have stopped production of the film for an indefinite period and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police investigation,” the statement continued. “We want to offer advice to everyone connected to the film as we work to address this horrific event.”

This is not the first time that a tragedy has hit a film set like this.

During the filming in the 1993s The collar, actor Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was killed by his co-star after he was shot with a .44 caliber bullet. The support pistol was supposed to have only items, but there was a bullet in the barrel. Lee was only 28.

In a message sent to Lee’s Twitter account, which is run by his family, they sent condolences to the Hutchins and Souza families.

A Change.org petition was started overnight by young director Bandar Albuliwi, who knew Hutchins, and called on Hollywood to ban the use of real firearms on film sets.

“Halyna was a talented film photographer and a good friend whose life was taken tragically because of a real firearm that was used on sets. We have to make sure this never happens again. There is no excuse for such a thing to happen. in the 21st century, “says Bandar. “Real weapons are no longer needed on film production kits. Changes must happen before further talented lives are lost.”

This story was originally published on Friday, October 22 at. 10:27 ET and has been updated to include Baldwin’s statement.

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