Prop Firearms Accidentally Discharged on ‘Rust’ Before Fatal Incident

A set medic’s report offers more details about aftermath of fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

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10/25/2021 3:17:00 AM

Prop guns were accidentally discharged on the set of Alec Baldwin film 'Rust' at least twice before the fatal shooting, people familiar with the matter say

A set medic’s report offers more details about aftermath of fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

In the days before the fatal shooting on the set of the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust,”prop gunsused in the Western film accidentally discharged at least twice, according to people familiar with the daily operations of the production.These discharges—and a medic’s report from the immediate aftermath of the shooting reviewed by The Wall Street Journal—shed more light on the disarray on the film set and the moments after the deadly accident.

During a rehearsal Thursday, Mr. Baldwin discharged a prop gun, leaving the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, 42, dead and wounding the director, Joel Souza, 48, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.Before that, there were accidental discharges of prop firearms on the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area set at least twice, according to people familiar with the matter. No one was hurt during the accidental discharges, said one of the people.

The Journal reported last week that people familiar with the production said it was hampered by poor working conditions and a walkout by camera operators. It couldn’t be determined if the disruptions contributed to the fatal shooting incident.An aerial photo of the film set in Santa Fe, N.M., on Saturday.

Photo:Jae C. Hong/Associated PressInvestigators are still working to determine how Mr. Baldwin deployed the prop gun and what type of projectile was discharged, according to the sheriff’s office.The scene being rehearsed involved a close-up of the prop gun Mr. Baldwin was using, said the people familiar with the matter.

According to a search warrant affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, assistant director Dave Halls grabbed one of three prop guns laid out on a rolling cart and handed it to Mr. Baldwin to film a scene. Mr. Halls yelled, “Cold gun,” indicating that the gun didn’t have live rounds,

. The guns had been arranged on the cart by the production’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of firearms on set, the affidavit said.Ms. Gutierrez Reed and Mr. Halls didn’t respond to requests for comment Sunday.Calls to Mr. Baldwin were referred to the film’s production company. In a statement Friday, Mr. Baldwin said he was cooperating with the investigation. “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,” he said.

A candlelight vigil for Halyna Hutchins, 42, in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday.Photo:Jae C. Hong/Associated PressA spokesman for the production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC didn’t respond to a request for comment Sunday. In a statement Friday the company said that the safety of cast and crew is its priority, and that it wasn’t “made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set.” The company said it would continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in the investigation.

An injury report filed by the set’s medic and viewed by the Journal details the moments immediately after the shooting. Such injury reports are typically filed when someone is injured on the set of a movie and are shared with unions and other entities involved in the making of the film.

The set medic on duty that afternoon, Cherlyn Schaefer, heard a “loud shot,” according to the report.“Are we rehearsing? Because ‘fire in the hole’ wasn’t called,” Ms. Schaefer said, according to the report, referring to a term used on set when special effects are being used for an explosion.

After hearing someone say “Medic-Emergency,” she ran to a church on the set where the first scene after lunch was being set up, according to the report.

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Something happening once is an accident….twice is a pattern.

Alec Baldwin was told prop gun was safe before fatal shooting, affidavit saysAlec Baldwin didn't know the prop gun he fired was loaded with live ammunition, and neither did the assistant director who handed it to him, before the fatal shooting of a cinematographer, affidavit says. That makes 2 counts of negligence. We’ll OF COURSE he didn’t know, WHY would any gun be loaded with live ammunition on a freaking movie set?!? Protocol should be that it’s checked for bullets at every touch point

Alec Baldwin was told prop gun was safe before fatal shooting, affidavit saysThe assistant director yelled 'cold gun' before the shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounded director Joel Souza on the set, a search warrant document says. nice cover for his negligence We're they part of the movie scene! They weren't actors were they? Don't understand why they were shot Whoever checked the gun before it was used made a Terrible Mistake.

Alec Baldwin Was Told Prop Gun Was Safe Before Fatal Shooting, Affidavit SaysThe gun handed to Alec Baldwin on the set of Western film “Rust” was declared safe by the production’s assistant director, according to an affidavit filed by the Santa Fe County’s Sheriff’s Office. Who said it FAUCI? U kno his word is golden soiled Those elite morons on film sets should abide by the same rules that the rest of us safe gun owners abide by. AlecBaldwin is an idiot and accountable for not checking. Never take someone else’s word that a gun is not loaded. dolt He should have checked the gun!

Alec Baldwin Told Prop Gun Was Safe & Didn't Know It Was LoadedAlec Baldwin was told the prop gun he was using while filming the Western Rust was safe. Is Alex Baldwins P.R. team paying you guys to run this story? Stupidest thing I’ve ever herd so if they told him it wasn’t safe he’d still use it man some of the media is stupid as hell This accident didn’t need to happen. You take a movie like a John wick movie were hundreds of people get shot close range with muzzle flash. Surely they aren’t shooting guns with blanks but rather adding effects after production.

Lethal prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin had misfired beforeThe prop gun used in the fatal shooting of the cinematographer of the movie Alec Baldwin was producing had misfired before on the set, sources familiar with the situation told NBC News Friday.

Experts predict the legal fallout from the Alec Baldwin prop gun shootingLegal experts weigh in on whether crew and producers of 'Rust' could face civil or criminal liability in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. You are indeed a great woman to be called, I assure you that I will bring friends to come and invest with you because of your excellent work you did for me. I will keep sharing the good news about you Evelynclark777 It is very unlikely that any of the people who worked on the movie had any idea of what was going on. This is a case of the mass hysteria from the public and a lot of the accusations are not true. horrible