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Alec Baldwin fired prop gun on set, killing cinematographer

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western and killed the cinematographer, officials said. The director of the movie was wounded, and authorities are investigating what happened.

10/22/2021 7:08:00 PM

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins,” Alec Baldwin tweeted Friday. Authorities say he fired a prop gun on a movie set that killed Hutchins and injured the film’s director.

SANTA FE , N.M. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western and killed the cinematographer, officials said. The director of the movie was wounded, and authorities are investigating what happened.

Gun safety protocol on sets in the United States has dramatically improved since then, said Steven Hall, a veteran director of photography in Britain. But he said one of the riskiest positions to be in is operating the camera — noting that person would be in the line of fire in gripping scenes where someone appears points a gun at the audience.

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Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Souza, 48, who was wounded in the collarbone area, was taken by ambulance to a medical center.Sheriff’s deputies responded about 2 p.m. to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls described a person being shot there, said Rios, the sheriff’s spokesman. The ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western “News of the World.”

“This investigation remains open and active,” Rios said in a statement. “No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”One of Hutchins’ final social media posts was a photo of the “Rust” actors standing together in solidarity with crew members. Members of the IATSE union that represents crew members and that she belonged to are to vote soon on a new contract with producers after threatening to strike in recent weeks over issues including long hours and on-set safety. headtopics.com

Hutchins, a 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute, worked as director of photography on the 2020 action film “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello. She was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT“I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set,” said “Archenemy” director Adam Egypt Mortimer on Twitter. “She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”

Manganiello called Hutchins “an incredible talent” and “a great person” on his Instagram account. He said he was lucky to have worked with her.Hutchins had Ukrainian citizenship, according to Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko. The country’s consulate in San Francisco is clarifying what happened and is working together with U.S. law enforcement officials.

Baldwin teamed up as a producer previously with Souza on the 2019 film, “Crown Vic,” which starred Thomas Jane as a veteran Los Angeles police officer on a manhunt for two violent bank robbers. Souza’s first credited film, 2010’s “Hanna’s Gold,” was a treasure hunt adventure featuring Luke Perry.

Production was halted on “Rust.” The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s’ Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website. The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher. headtopics.com

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In 1993, Lee, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie “The Crow.” The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.A Twitter account run by Lee’s sister Shannon said: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on ‘Rust.’ No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”

In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the television series “Cover Up.”Such shootings have also happened during historical reenactments. In 2015, an actor staging a historical gunfight in the Old West town of Tombstone, Arizona, was shot and wounded with a live round during a show that was supposed to use blanks.

In Hill City, South Dakota, a tourist town that recreates an Old West experience, three spectators were wounded in 2011 when a re-enactor fired real bullets instead of blanks.___Berry reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Jake Coyle and Jocelyn Noveck in New York, Yuras Karmanau in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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A lot of people arguing with authority here about what happened and not 1 of them were fucking there. Does health and safety work alongside special effects team, why don't they just audio dub the sound in post production, shocking tragedy for all concerned If he doesn't go to jail for involuntary manslaughter, there is no justice in this world.

Prop guns are incapable of firing anything. Therefore, Alec Baldwin could not have killed anyone with a prop gun - unless he bludgeoned someone to death with one. Sad and Tragic !! What someone needs to explain is how a western period gun discharges accidentally twice. It has to be cocked between shots.

Manslaughter I'm going to just ask it. Why would anyone point a gun...loaded or otherwise, at a camera person and a director. They were not actors. It was obviously not intentional. But it was something. I feel so terrible for everyone involved. Words can’t do justice to tragedy *HUG* This is so horrible. BUT, WHY was there a loaded gun on a movie set

Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Injured Director Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a set in New Mexico on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. The incident occurred on the set of “R… Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in an incident involving a prop gun on the set of “Rust,” an Alec Baldwin film that was shooting in New Mexico on Thursday. the irony remains, the guy used to call Trump a murderer, but he became a This is so sad — poor woman lost her light. Poor Alec has to live with this 😌😌😌😌😌😌🥺

This is horrific. What a shame. If I recall correctly didn’t Brandon Lee died similarly? Ugh - I can’t even imagine what the families of the deceased and injured are going through or how guilty Mr Baldwin feels. ぇ出費だ 'Voiced by' Reveal and Conceal: んこつバケツ 21+ You are the tragic accident that took her life... what the?!?!?

How do you say “fucked” Wut? It's his fault. Wow so everyone is a complete scum bag in comments.....wonderful world we live in There is something ironic about a photo of Mr. Baldwin clutching a mask, immediately after he was reckless with a firearm... There's no reason to have a working firearm on a movie or TV show set. Maybe this will change that.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dies after prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin malfunctionsAlec better lawyer up. So he ain’t going to jail.

what's a prop gun that kills people?

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins Dies at 42 After Prop Gun Incident on Alec Baldwin FilmThe Ukrainian-born, Los Angeles-based director of photography's credits include the indie films 'Archenemy,' 'Blindfire' and 'The Mad Hatter.' Many in the industry are saying the gun was not a prop by definition.. and that it was a real gun with planks 👀 This should have been avoided and could have been which is very frustrating. My prayers go out to her friends and family. No more realistic guns with real looking gunfire shots from blanks on set. It doesn't have to look 100% real, just make it look real enough with a dummy airsoft gun with vfx for the gunfire, safety is far more important than absolute realism. Rest In Peace

Tributes pour in for Halyna Hutchins after crew member is killed by Alec BaldwinCinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust on Thursday when the actor fired a prop gun he reportedly didn't know had live rounds in

Alec Baldwin shooting victim Halyna Hutchins' haunting last post from Rust set Alec Baldwin accidentally shot Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography, on the film set of Rust

Who was Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography shot in accident involving Alec Baldwin?The film industry has been left shocked and in mourning after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set when actor and producer Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm. We don't walk around like that with a gun, the information reported is incomplete It's the responsibility of the gun holder to ensure the gun is unloaded. Period. This is horrible.