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Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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Alec Baldwin says his “heart is broken” after firing a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of his new film, authorities have said.

The movie, Rust, was being filmed at the Bonanza Creek ranch outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, and filming has been temporarily suspended.

Santa Fe County deputies were called to the scene at 1:50pm on Thursday.

Ms Hutchins was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital by helicopter where she was pronounced dead.

Mr Souza was taken to Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center where he underwent treatment for his injuries. He was released on Friday morning.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that the pair were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by 68-year-old Baldwin, who is a producer and actor on the film, which is about an accidental killing.

Santa Fe’s top prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies told Deadline she had opened an investigation into possible criminal charges stemming from the fatal shooting.

“At this time, we do not know if charges will be filed,” she said.

Mr Baldwin released a statement on Friday to say he was “heart broken”.

“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,” he wrote in a post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Key Points

  • Alec Baldwin fired the gun that that killed one and injured another on movie set
  • Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in the incident
  • Incident remains ‘an active investigation’, Sheriff’s office says
  • What we know about the victims
  • Fans react to what happened at the set of Rust

Incident remains ‘an active investigation’, says Santa Fe County Sheriff

Friday 22 October 2021 05:23 , Peony Hirwani

Santa Fe County Sheriff Juan Rios revealed: “The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust.”

An investigation is underway into how and what projectile was discharged from the prop gun during the fatal incident.

“This incident remains an active investigation. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided,” the sheriff’s department said.

#BREAKING: @santafesheriff investigating incident at #Rust movie set on Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe. Pic from @KOB4 #Chopper4 shows an old church set blocked off, and set security confirms its lockdown. Other pic of Rust cast/crew. pic.twitter.com/8Cw9eg8kec

— Tessa Mentus (@TessaMentus) October 21, 2021

Deputies also revealed that they have taped off a church on the set, which was placed on lockdown, and production was halted.

International Cinematographers Guild mourn the death of Halyna Hutchins

Friday 22 October 2021 05:30 , Peony Hirwani

Halyna Hutchins’ death was confirmed by the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600.

“We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the Director of Photography on a production called Rust in New Mexico died from injuries sustained on the set,” said John Lindley, the president of the guild, and Rebecca Rhine, the executive director, in a statement to Variety.

“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”

What we know about the victims

Friday 22 October 2021 05:39 , Peony Hirwani

Halyna Hutchins was a 42-year-old cinematographer from Los Angeles.

She grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle and previously worked as a journalist with British documentary productions in Europe. After moving to Los Angeles, she graduated from the AFI Conservatory with MFA in Cinematography.

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Hutchins was airlifted to a hospital in Albuquerque on Thursday (21 October), where she succumbed to her injuries.

Joel Souza on the other hand is in intensive care. He is is a filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Souza is the director and screenwriter of the film Rust.

Fans recall Brandon Lee’s tragic death in 1993 following Alec Baldwin shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 06:28 , Peony Hirwani

Many people are recalling the tragic death of Bruce Lee’s son Brandon Lee on the set of film The Crow in 1993.

Brandon Lee died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie. The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.

“Brandon Lee, Jon-Erik Hexum, and now Halyna Hutchins. Prop guns should just be props, not lethal weapons. It’s also wrong to believe this is Alec Baldwin’s fault, but in times of tragedy, people must have time to mourn before anybody tries to assign blame,” one person wrote.

One of the first stories I ever covered as a journalist was the accidental death of Brandon Lee. It left me with a lifelong dread of guns on sets. This is horrific. https://t.co/YUemCcMfiQ

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 22, 2021

This is supposed to be impossible, after Brandon Lee…

The industry is in crisis. It’s now directly killing people. https://t.co/2sHfLWaO4s

— Matthew Cortland, Esq 🧙🏻 (@mattbc) October 22, 2021

Alec Baldwin involved in accidental death on film set 🤦‍♂️💔

For those of a certain age it’s eerily reminiscent of 1993, “The Crow” actor Brandon Lee (28yo) died in a filming accident after he was shot with a prop gun. https://t.co/6tihGAcDWP

— woo_who (@woo_who1) October 22, 2021

Oh no. This reminded me of Brandon Lee.

My sincerest condolences & sympathies to Halyna Hutchins’ family, loved ones, friends, and co-workers. May Joel Souza fully recover from his injuries.https://t.co/oxQclAgTgz

— Phoebe (@itsPhoebe_L) October 22, 2021

Another person added: “Have been reading about the film set tragedy this evening that took the life of talented cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. That’s really all I wanted to say…her name. It seemed lost in the furor of Alec Baldwin, Brandon Lee and Jon-Erik Hexum references.

Friday 22 October 2021 07:00 , Peony Hirwani

Alec Baldwin’s last post before the incident

Just hours before the accident took place, Alec Baldwin posted a photograph of himself on the set of Rust.

He was seen wearing dirty cowboy boots, a vest, and a bandana paired with a hat.

“Back to in person at the office. Blimey…it’s exhausting,” Baldwin captioned the (now-deleted) post.

The story of notorious outlaw Harlan Rust

Friday 22 October 2021 07:03 , Peony Hirwani

Rust is the story of notorious outlaw Harlan Rust, played by Baldwin, who goes on the run with his 13-year-old grandson after the teenager accidentally kills a rancher.

Written by Joel Souza, the movie also features Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, Frances Fisher, and Jensen Ackles.

The film was being shot on the 2,000-acre ranch, where 3:10 to Yuma, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs have all been filmed.

Fans are bewildered by what happened at the set of Rust

Friday 22 October 2021 07:33 , Peony Hirwani

Fans have taken to social media to express their thoughts about the incident.

BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer-director. How on earth could this have happened?

Pics: Jim Weber ⁦@thenewmexican⁩ pic.twitter.com/xrvcheLaCK

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 22, 2021

That’s sad that #AlecBaldwin accidentally shot and killed some co-workers on set. I have to believe it was an accident as typically they only fire blanks on a film set, but I ain’t no expert. My condolences to the family of the lady who lost her life. 💔💔💔💯

— Anthony J. Calhoun (@ajcemcee) October 22, 2021

“I feel for the family of the woman who was killed on set today, the man who was injured, and for Alec Baldwin. This is absolutely tragic. Just Awful,” wrote one person.

Writer Caitie Delaney added: “Like obviously it’s the story but it is really not fair to have Alec Baldwin be the face of this tragedy. He wasn’t in charge of loading that gun. Safety on set needs to be taken so much more seriously.”

Brandon Lee’s family reacts to accident on Alec Baldwin movie set

Friday 22 October 2021 07:38 , Peony Hirwani

On a Twitter account to honour Brandon Lee’s legacy, the late actor’s sister Shannon paid tribute to Halyna Hutchins.

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. 💔

— Brandon Bruce Lee (@brandonblee) October 22, 2021

She wrote: “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.”

James Gunn pays tribute to Halyna Hutchins

Friday 22 October 2021 08:09 , Peony Hirwani

James Gunn has spoken out about the tragic incident that took place on the set of Rust.

My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2021

The American film director wrote on Twitter: “My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins and her family.”

Friday 22 October 2021 08:20 , Ellie Harrison

Many have paid tribute to Hutchins on social media, including Suicide Squad director James Gunn and the son of late action star Bruce Lee.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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Fans pay tribute to Halyna Hutchins fatally shot in prop gun misfire by Alec Baldwin

Friday 22 October 2021 08:25 , Ellie Harrison

Here’s everything we know about Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza, the victims of the shooting

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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What we know about the victims of the Alec Baldwin Rust shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 08:37 , Ellie Harrison

Alec Baldwin was seen “in tears” by two members of the press in New Mexico following the shooting.

According to their reports, deputies were at the scene trying to determine how the incident came about and what type of projectile was used in the firearm.

Friday 22 October 2021 08:46 , Ellie Harrison

Joel Souza – the director of the film, which is about an accidental killing – is currently being treated for injuries

Friday 22 October 2021 08:51 , Ellie Harrison

Halyna Hutchins’s last Instagram post was shared from the set of the film two days ago

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Friday 22 October 2021 08:58 , Ellie Harrison

Pictures have been published of Alec Baldwin on set in the wake of the incident

BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer-director. How on earth could this have happened?

Pics: Jim Weber ⁦@thenewmexican⁩ pic.twitter.com/xrvcheLaCK

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 22, 2021

Friday 22 October 2021 09:00 , Ellie Harrison

Rust director Joel Souza is now out of hospital after being injured in the incident, it has been confirmed

Friday 22 October 2021 09:14 , Ellie Harrison

The film’s production company, Rust Movies Productions LLC, responded to the tragedy, with a spokesperson stating: “The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones.

“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation.”

The company said it would also “be providing counselling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event”.

Read the full story below.

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Rust production ‘devastated’ after Alec Baldwin set shooting leaves one dead

The family of late actor Brandon Lee speak out

Friday 22 October 2021 09:19 , Ellie Harrison

Lee – the son of the late action star Bruce Lee – was killed in 1993 on the set of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun that he believed to be loaded with blanks.

It was later discovered that a fragment of a dummy shell had been left in the gun’s barrel. Lee died in hospital following hours of surgery. He was 28.

Read the full story below.

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Brandon Lee’s family speaks out following news of Alec Baldwin gun misfire on set

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Everything we know about the Alec Baldwin film Rust

Friday 22 October 2021 09:45 , Ellie Harrison

Filming on the Western movie Rust has been halted after the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Rust began filming two weeks ago (6 October) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and had been due to continue until the end of November.

Baldwin had been cast as Old West outlaw Harland Rust, who goes on the run with his 13-year-old grandson after the latter is sentenced to death for an unintentional murder.

Travis Fimmel, Marty Lindsey, Brady Noon and Frances Fisher were cast in the film alongside Baldwin.

Read the full story here.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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Rust: Alec Baldwin film plot, location and what happens now

Rust director Joel Souza reportedly out of hospital after Alec Baldwin set shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 09:49 , Ellie Harrison

Kate Garraway confirmed Souza has been discharged from hospital when discussing the incident on Good Morning Britain this morning (22 October).

Sante Fe County deputies were called to the set of Rust at the Bonanza Creek Ranch on Thursday afternoon (21 October).

The sheriff’s office revealed that Baldwin had “discharged” a prop gun that killed the film’s director of photography Hutchins, 42, and injured Souza, 48.

Souza was taken to Christus St Vincent’s Regional Medical Centre by ambulance. He has since been discharged from the hospital.

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Rust director Joel Souza reportedly out of hospital after Alec Baldwin set shooting

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True Blood star Joe Manganiello pays tribute to Halyna Hutchins

Friday 22 October 2021 10:09 , Annabel Nugent

True Blood star Joe Manganiello has shared a tribute to Halyna Hutchins who died in hospital following the on-set incident.

The pair worked together on the 2020 action film Archenemy.

Manganiello called Hutchins “an incredible & great person”.

“I can’t believe this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family,” wrote the actor.

The Suicide Squad director James Gunn and Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood have also spoken out about Hutchins’s death.

Read more here.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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Fans pay tribute to Halyna Hutchins fatally shot in prop gun misfire by Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin seen ‘in tears’ outside sheriff’s office following Rust shooting incident

Friday 22 October 2021 10:29 , Annabel Nugent

According to local news outlet Santa Fe New Mexican, the 30 Rock star was spotted outside the Santa Fe County sheriff’s office on Thursday night (21 October).

The 63-year-old was said to be crying and looking visibly distraught while speaking on the phone.

In a series of pictures taken by the publication, the actor, dressed in a navy t-shirt and holding a mask, was seen doubled over in the office’s car park.

No charges have been filed against Baldwin, a news release sent by the sheriff’s office said on Thursday night (21 October).

The investigation remains “open and active”, while witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.

Read the full story here.

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Alec Baldwin ‘in tears’ outside sheriff’s office after gun misfire kills crew member

Rust actor confirms director Joel Souza is out of hospital after being injured in Alec Baldwin incident

Friday 22 October 2021 10:42 , Annabel Nugent

Frances Fisher, one of the stars of Rust, has said that the film’s director Joel Souza has informed her that he has been discharged from hospital.

“Director Joel Souza told me he’s out of hospital,” wrote Fisher on Twitter.

Souza, 48, was taken to Christus St Vincent’s Regional Medical Centre after sustaining injuries in the on-set shooting incident.

True Romance star Patricia Arquette shared her delight at hearing the good news via Fisher on Twitter.

“Oh my God!! That’s amazing! Thank God. I’m so sorry Frances, I’m sure you are all reeling [sic] right now,” wrote the actor. “Sending prayers abs [sic] strength to all of you.”

Oh my God!! That’s amazing! Thank God. I’m so sorry Frances, I’m sure you are all reeling right now. Sending prayers abs strength to all of you.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 22, 2021

Friday 22 October 2021 10:57 , Annabel Nugent

Days before her death, Halyna Hutchins – who died as a result of the on-set incident – shared a video of herself riding a horse on the set of Rust.

“One of the perks of shooting a western is you get to ride horses on your day off,” wrote Hutchins in an Instagram post on Wednesday (20 October).

The post has since been flooded with comments from people paying tribute to the late cinematographer.

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Hutchins also shared a photo of the cast on set in New Mexico. The film’s stars including Alec Baldwin, Frances Fisher and Jensen Ackles are pictured.

The Alec Baldwin shooting on the set of Rust is the ‘43rd fatal shooting on a US film set since 1990′

Friday 22 October 2021 11:10 , Annabel Nugent

According to an estimate by the Associated Press (AP), there have been 43 fatalities on American film sets since 1990, with another 150 actors or crew members left with life-altering injuries as a result of accidents, often the result of botched stunts staged on location

Internationally, the figure is thought to be closer to 37 since 2000.

“Every year, workers on both sides of the camera are maimed, burned, break bones and even die striving to deliver entertainment that packs multiplexes and commands top TV ratings,” writes the AP’s Antony McCartney, arriving at his figures by combing through workplace and aviation safety investigations, court records and news reports.

Read the full story below.

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Rust shooting ‘43rd fatal accident on US film set since 1990’

Alec Baldwin incident is the latest in a number of fatal accidents to take place on US film sets

Friday 22 October 2021 11:25 , Annabel Nugent

According to an estimate by the Associated Press (AP), there have been 43 fatalities on American film sets since 1990.

To give a few recent examples, lorry driver John Suttles was killed in a fall from a truck bed while making Marvel’s The Avengers in 2011.

A local construction worker was killed on the set of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 in 2017, while stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris was killed in a motorcycle crash while filming Deadpool 2 in 2018.

“Injuries come not just from obvious risks such as stunts and explosives, but from falls off ladders, toppled equipment and machines without safety guards,” writes the AP’s Antony McCartney.

Alec Baldwin spoke with detectives ‘voluntarily’, says police spokesman

Friday 22 October 2021 11:44 , Tom Batchelor

Alec Baldwin was questioned by investigators following the on-set shooting incident.

As reported by Deadline, a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department official said: “Mr Baldwin was questioned by investigators and released. No arrests or charges have been filed.”

In a statement given to the AFP news agency, a Santa Fe sheriff spokesperson said the actor “came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews”.

Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives, according to Deadline.

How prop guns work and how they can still fire life-threatening shots

Friday 22 October 2021 12:01 , Tom Batchelor

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.

A spokesperson for the actor told the BBC that the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks.

The incident has triggered widespread debate about the use of firearms on film sets and whether they should be permanently replaced with rubber and airsoft guns instead.

Prop guns include both real guns as well as toy guns or defunct weapons. The former are typically used to add an element of authenticity to close-up shots, as pointed out by firearms expert Cameron Brown in an article for American Cinematography magazine.

Read the full story on how prop guns work below.

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How prop guns filled with blanks can still fire life-threatening shots

Director Adam Egypt Mortimer pays tribute to ‘brilliant talent’ Hutchins

Friday 22 October 2021 12:28 , Tom Batchelor

Archenemy director Adam Egypt Mortimer has paid tribute to his colleague Halyna Hutchins, who died in the incident. He said he was “lucky to have known her and to have worked with her”.

He wrote on Twitter: “I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set.

“She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.” 

I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set. She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vcdFqHsGA0

— Adam Egypt Mortimer (@adamegypt) October 22, 2021

Santa Fe Sheriff’s statement in full

Friday 22 October 2021 12:44 , Tom Batchelor

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s department said the investigation into how the Rust director died “remains open and active” and that witnesses are being “interviewed by detectives”.

Here is the department’s statement in full: “Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set of the western Rust, October 21, 2021, when a 911 caller reported a shooting on the set.

“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 63, producer and actor.

“Ms Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

“Mr Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Centre where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.

“This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

Alec Baldwin: a Hollywood giant famous for film roles spanning 30 years – and impersonating Trump

Friday 22 October 2021 12:59 , Tom Batchelor

Alec Baldwin has been famous for more than three decades, best known for his roles in 30 Rock, Glengarry Glen Ross and The Cooler, as well as his impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live,

Here is a profile by the Press Association news agency of the American actor, writer, comedian, film producer, and political activist:

Baldwin, 63, is the eldest of the four actor brothers of his family – the others are Daniel, Stephen and William.

He first found fame in the soap opera Knot’s Landing in the 1980s, but made a name for himself on the big screen in films such as Beetlejuice and The Hunt For Red October, as well as his collaborations with directors Woody Allen, in films such as Alice, To Rome With Love and Blue Jasmine, and Martin Scorsese in The Aviator and The Departed.

He also stars opposite Tom Cruise in the Mission: Impossible films.

He was nominated for an Oscar for the 2003 film The Cooler, but found a new audience in the hit sitcom 30 Rock, playing Jack Donaghy opposite Tina Fey, for which he won a slew of awards, including two Emmys and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.

He returned to television during the 2016 presidential campaign to play candidate Donald Trump on US sketch show Saturday Night Live, and continued his skewering impression after the 2017 inauguration until Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election.

The president appeared to take umbrage at the impression, tweeting that “the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse”.

Map detailing location of Bonanza Creek Ranch

Friday 22 October 2021 13:16 , Tom Batchelor

Sheriff’s deputies responded at about 2pm on Thursday to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after emergency calls described a person being shot on set.

The ranch just outside Santa Fe, in the southern state of New Mexico, has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western “News of the World”.

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Baldwin speaks of ‘exhausting’ filming hours before incident

Friday 22 October 2021 13:48 , Tom Batchelor

Alec Baldwin had posted a photo to his Instagram account hours before the incident, in which he was clad in Western costume. Fake blood used on set could be seen through his shirt.

He captioned the photo: “Back to in person at the office. Blimey…it’s exhausting.” The image has since been removed.

An earlier post from 14 October showed him surrounded by the cast and crew in New Mexico.

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Actors’ union ‘devastated’ by prop gun incident

Friday 22 October 2021 14:00 , Tom Batchelor

The union representing American actors has issued a statement responding to the incident.

In it, Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists President Fran Drescher, and National Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, said they were “devastated by this tragic news”.

The statement continued: “Our hearts go out to the family of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins who has passed away and to Director Joel Souza who is injured and hospitalized.

“This is still an active investigation and we do not yet have all the facts. We will continue to work with production, the other unions, and the authorities to investigate this incident and to understand how to prevent such a thing from happening again.”

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Major accidents on movie and television sets over last decade

Friday 22 October 2021 14:22 , Tom Batchelor

2011 – An awry explosion kills a stunt man and seriously injures a second on the set of the action sequel The Expendables 2 in Bulgaria.

2014 – 71-year-old actor Harrison Ford requires surgery on a broken leg after being struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

2015 – A stunt woman is severely injured in a motorcycle crash on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter that leads to her arm being amputated. Later on the same set, a stunt man dies crushed under a Hummer vehicle.

2017 -€“ Female stunt driver dies on the set of superhero movie Deadpool 2 in downtown Vancouver after she lost control of her motorcycle during a stunt and crashed through a window of a building across the street.

Filming paused ‘for undetermined period of time’

Friday 22 October 2021 14:46 , Tom Batchelor

Filming for Rust has been suspended “for an undetermined period of time”, the company managing the movie has said.

The statement from Rust Movies Productions LLC said: “We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation

“We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.

“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones.”

‘Safety on set needs to be taken so much more seriously,’ says film writer

Friday 22 October 2021 15:03 , Tom Batchelor

A US film writer has said safety on movie sets should be “taken so much more seriously” after the shooting left Rust’s cinematographer dead and director wounded.

Like obviously it’s the story but it is really not fair to have Alec Baldwin be the face of this tragedy. He wasn’t in charge of loading that gun. Safety on set needs to be taken so much more seriously

— caitie delaney (@caitiedelaney) October 22, 2021

Woman shot by Alec Baldwin posted video riding horses on set two days earlier

Friday 22 October 2021 15:27 , Tom Batchelor

Halyna Hutchins named ‘rising star’ of cinematography in 2019

Friday 22 October 2021 16:20 , Bevan Hurley

American Cinematographer named Ms Hutchins one of its 10 rising stars in 2019.

In a profile, Ms Hutchins explained how she started her career as a journalist before becoming interested in film-making.

“My transition from journalism began when I was working on British film productions in Eastern Europe, traveling with crews to remote locations and seeing how the cinematographer worked,” Ms Hutchins, who is from the Ukraine, explained.

“I was fascinated with storytelling based on real characters.”

Having grown up as “an army brat” on an Arctic military base, Ms Hutchins told American Cinematogrpher she was already a movie fan because “there wasn’t that much to do outside.”

“She also had some hands-on shooting experience from documenting her forays into such extreme sports as parachuting and cave exploration. But when she decided to dedicate herself to film-making, she moved to the United States and took whatever production-assistant jobs she could, working up to grip-electric and shooting small short films,” the profile says.

After moving to Los Angeles, Ms Hutchins studied at the American Film Institute Conservatory from 2013 to 2015.

“It really made me rethink who I was as an artist and how I wanted to work,” she said.

“One thing I learned is that cinematography is not something you do by yourself. It’s a group [project]. You need to develop your own vision, but the key to a successful film is communication with your director and your team.”

She worked on several feature films including Snowbound in Colorado and Darlin’.

“Right now, I’m just really interested in finding fruitful collaborations,” she told the site.

“To me, it’s the collaborative effort between creative minds that elevates each other’s work.”

‘I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…’

Friday 22 October 2021 16:35 , Bevan Hurley

A 2017 tweet made by Alec Baldwin has resurfaced in which he commented on a police shooting in Los Angeles.

“I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Mr Baldwin wrote, with a link to an article about a Huntington Beach officer who shot and killed a suspect.

Accidental on-set shooting of Jon-Erik Hexum remembered

Friday 22 October 2021 16:50 , Bevan Hurley

In the wake of Ms Hutchin’s death on the set of Rust, many are remembering Jon-Erik Hexum who died in 1984 in an on-set accident.

Mr Hexum – known for his lead role in Voyagers! – died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound aged 26.

The New Jersey-born actor and model had been filming scenes in the TV series Cover Up, in which he starred as Mac Harper, when the fatal accident occurred.

Annabel Nugent has the full story.

‘My heart is broken’

Friday 22 October 2021 16:52 , Bevan Hurley

Alec Baldwin has made his first public statement about the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic death that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” he wrote on Instagram.

“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.”

Alec Baldwin says he is ‘fully cooperating’ with police

Friday 22 October 2021 17:04 , Bevan Hurley

Alec Baldwin says he is in “fully cooperating with the investigation into the death of Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography who was killed on the set of the movie Rust on Thursday.

Mr Baldwin said he had been in touch with her husband Matthew Hutchins.

Megan Sheets has the full story.

Prop gun used in fatal shooting had a ‘single live round’, union says

Friday 22 October 2021 17:28 , Bevan Hurley

A prop gun that Alec Baldwin fired on the set of the movie Rust, which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza, contained a “live single round”, a film union says.

“Unfortunately, we lost Sister Hutchins who passed from the wound,” the IATSE’s Local 44 union told members in an email.

The full story is here.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent A distressed Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone after the fatal shooting (AP)

Halyna Hutchins had been planning to strike days before her death

Friday 22 October 2021 17:46 , Bevan Hurley

Halyna Hutchins, a proud member of the IATSE union, posted a photo with Alec Baldwin on Instagram days before her death showing their support for fellow film workers.

“Standing in #IAsolidarity with our @IATSE crew here in New Mexico on RUST,” Halyna Hutchins wrote in an Instagram post three days ago.

The IATSE’s 60,000 members were planning strike action over poor pay and working conditions before a last-minute deal was struck last week with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Read the full story here.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Ms Hutchins showed her support for the IATSE union in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Instagram) Friday 22 October 2021 18:03 , Bevan Hurley

Director Joel Souza, who was injured in the accidental shooting on the set of Rust, was discharged from hospital early on Friday.

Mr Souza, 48, was taken to Christus St Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by ambulance after the accidental shooting. No details on his condition have been released.

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun at the set of Rust at about 1:50pm on Thursday, wounding Mr Souza and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Mr Baldwin said he is “fully cooperating” with the investigation into the shooting, which remains an “open and active” case, according to the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office.

Mr Baldwin was a producer on Mr Souza’s 2019 action thriller movie Crown Vic.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Joel Souza and Alec Baldwin (Shutterstock / Getty Images for National Geogra)

‘Asking for your prayers tonight friends’

Friday 22 October 2021 18:21 , Bevan Hurley

Actor Stephen Baldwin took to social media to ask for “prayers” after his brother Alec was involved in an accidental shooting on the set of Rust.

“Asking for your prayers tonight friends,” Stephen, 55, Alec’s youngest brother, wrote.

“Not much can be said other than please pray for all involved in the wake of this tragic accident.”

All four Baldwin brothers, including Daniel, 61, and 58-year-old William, have had long careers in the film industry.

‘In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun’

Friday 22 October 2021 18:41 , Bevan Hurley

Alec Baldwin fired a single shot that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and went on to hit director Joel Souza, an eyewitess told Showbiz411.

The fatal bullet passed through Ms Hutchins’ body and hit Mr Souza’s clavicle, between the sternum and shoulder, the witness said.

Afterwards, Mr Baldwin repeatedly asked why he was given a “hot gun”, Showbiz411 reported.

“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” Mr Baldwin reportedly said, referring to a gun with live ammunition.

Mr Baldwin was taken to hospital after the shooting as a precaution.

Ms Hutchins died en route to hospital in a helicopter, while Mr Souza has been discharged.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent An aerial view of the set of Rust in New Mexico (Twitter/Tessa Mentus)

Halyna Hutchins’s husband says Alec Baldwin has been ‘very supportive’

Friday 22 October 2021 19:00 , Bevan Hurley

Matthew Hutchins, husband of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, says he has spoken to Alec Baldwin in the wake of an accidental shooting that claimed the life of his wife on the set of Rust.

“I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation” Mr Hutchins told the Insider.

“I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate.”

The Independent’s Clemence Michallon has the full story.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Halyna Hutchins (Instagram)

From the Arctic Circle to Hollywood: Tributes flow for ‘restless dreamer’ Halyna Hutchins

Friday 22 October 2021 19:25 , Bevan Hurley

Halyna Hutchins, who was shot and killed on the set of Rust on Thursday, described herself as a “restless dreamer” and an “adrenaline junkie” on her Instagram account.

Ms Hutchins grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle and worked as an investigative reporter in Europe before studying film in Los Angeles.

She received a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University in Ukraine, worked on British documentary productions in Europe and graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015, the Associated Press wrote.

Her film credits include the crime drama Blindfire and the horror film Darlin, whose director, Pollyanna McIntosh, called her “the most talented, in the trenches, committed wonderful artist and team mate.”

Director Adam Egypt Mortimer, who worked with her on the 2020 thriller Archenemy, tweeted. “She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”

The star of Archenemy, Joe Manganiello, tweeted that Hutchins was “an incredible talent & great person.”

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Halyna Hutchins (Instagram) Friday 22 October 2021 19:45 , Bevan Hurley

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has offered her “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of an accidental shooting on the set of Rust.

Asked about the incident at a White House press briefing on Friday, Ms Psaki said: “It is obviously a tragedy, the loss of life, and as I understand it (an) individual is in hospital, and so our thoughts and prayers go out to their family members.”

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed and director Joel Souza wounded after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that was reportedly loaded with a “single live round”.

Mr Souza was been discharged from hospital on Friday morning.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Halyna Hutchins (Getty Images for SAGindie)

GOP candidate JD Vance slammed for ‘callous’ tweet

Friday 22 October 2021 20:05 , Bevan Hurley

Republican Senate candidate JD Vance has come under fire for a “pathetic” tweet in which he called on Donald Trump to be allowed back on Twitter in the wake of the Alec Baldwin shooting.

Mr Vance, who is running for the GOP nomination in Ohio, wrote: “Dear @jack let Trump back on. We need Alec Baldwin tweets,” tagging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

Mr Trump, who is permanently banned from Twitter, engaged in a long-running feud with Mr Baldwin over his portrayal of the former president on Saturday Night Live.

There was broad condemnation of Mr Vance’s remark on social media.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the full story.

Brandon Lee’s family speaks out after Halyna Hutchins shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 20:45 , Bevan Hurley

Brandon Lee – the son of the late action star Bruce Lee – was killed in 1993 on the set of The Crow after an actor fired a prop gun that he believed to be loaded with blanks.

After the tragic shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust on Thursday, Mr Lee’s sister Shannon wrote on Twitter that “no one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”

“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on Rust,” she wrote.

The Independent’s Annabel Nugent has the story.  

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Brandon Lee died aged 28 after being shot while filming The Crow (Miramax Films)

Alec Baldwin ‘walked off Rust set’ in protest over worker’s pay and conditions

Friday 22 October 2021 21:08 , Bevan Hurley

Alec Baldwin reportedly walked off the set of the film Rust in protest at the working conditions just hours before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on Thursday.

The LA Times reported Mr Baldwin and half a dozen crew members left the set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico in a dispute over long hours and pay.

The Times reported that the crew members were angry about having to drive 50 miles to the set location from Albuquerque each day, instead of being put up in accommodation in nearby Santa Fe.

Ms Hutchins, a member of the IATSE union, had also been calling for better pay and conditions on the set.

She posted a photo on Instagram this week to show her support for the union’s 60,000 members, who narrowly averted a widespread strike last week when a last-minute deal was reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Ms Hutchins showed her support for the IATSE union in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Instagram)

New Mexico prosecutor opens investigation into Rust shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 21:19 , Bevan Hurley

Santa Fe’s top prosector says she has begun an investigation into possible criminal charges stemming from the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.

Mary Carmack-Altwies told Deadline she was assisting the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and had “offered our full support to them”.

“At this time, we do not know if charges will be filed,” Ms Carmack-Altwies, the First Judicial District Attorney, said.

“We will look into all facts and evidence of the case with great discretion and have further information at a later time. Our thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.”

Production on the movie has been suspended.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Halyna Hutchins (Instagram)

Rust actor discussed gun training on set days before fatal shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 21:35 , Bevan Hurley

A leading actor on Alec Baldwin’s ill-fated Rust Western spoke about the gun training he received on set just days before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead.

Speaking to fans at a convention for the popular TV show Supernatural in Denver last week, Jensen Ackles said he was filming a “big shoot-out” the next morning. 

“I’ve got a 6am call tomorrow to have a big shoot-out. They had me pick my gun… The armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little’,” Ackles said in a clip posted to YouTube.

“She was like, ’This is how you load it, check it’s safe. Do you want it hip drawn or cross drawn? I’ll just put some blanks in there and just fire a couple of rounds towards the hill.

“I walk out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure you pull the hammer all the way back and aim at your target,’ I was like ‘alright I got it’.”

‘Halyna’s Law’: Actor calls for ban on use of firearms on film sets

Friday 22 October 2021 22:00 , Bevan Hurley

A veteran Hollywood actor is calling for a new “Halyna’s Law” that would ban the use of real fire arms on the sets of film and television productions.

Xander Berkeley, who has appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows, said he wanted the death of Halyna Hutchins to be a catalyst for “a safe working environment for everyone involved”.

Ms Hutchins was shot dead on the set of Rust in New Mexico on Thursday.

In an earlier tweet, Mr Berkeley said the her death would be the end of firearms on sets “for anything other than pantomime and post production”.

Mr Berkeley has appeared in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Air Force One.

DA says they ‘do not know if charges will be filed’ over Rust shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 22:20 , Bevan Hurley

Authorities say they do not know yet whether charges will be filed in the film set shooting which left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.

“This case is still in its preliminary states of investigation,” First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Deadline on Friday.

The Independent’s Clemence Michallon has more details here.

‘Wishing I could hug my dad extra tight today’

Friday 22 October 2021 22:22 , Bevan Hurley

Ireland Baldwin has shared a message of support for her father Alec and the family of Halnya Hutchins, who shot dead on the set of Rust in New Mexico on Thursday.

“My love and support go to Halnya Hutchins’ family and friends. Sending healing thoughts to Joel Souza. And wishing I could hug my dad extra tight today,” Ms Baldwin, 25, wrote on her Instagram stories.

Mr Souza, the film’s director, was injured in the accidental shooting.

Mr Baldwin’s younger brother Stephen asked for “prayers” in a message posted earlier on Friday.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Ireland Baldwin has put out a message of support for her father (Instagram)

Everything we know about Rust

Friday 22 October 2021 22:45 , Bevan Hurley

Filming on the Western movie Rust has been halted after the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Rust began filming two weeks ago (6 October) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and had been due to continue until the end of November.

Baldwin had been cast as Old West outlaw Harland Rust, who goes on the run with his 13-year-old grandson after the latter is sentenced to death for an unintentional murder.

Travis Fimmel, Marty Lindsey, Brady Noon and Frances Fisher were cast in the film alongside Baldwin.

Read more about the film here.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent Filming began on Rust two weeks before Thursday’s fatal shooting (Reuters)

Alec Baldwin’s Rust co-star Jensen Ackles spoke about gun training days before set shooting

Friday 22 October 2021 23:00 , Bevan Hurley

Alec Baldwin’s Rust co-star Jensen Ackles spoke about the gun training he received for the film just days before the set was rocked by a fatal shooting.

Baldwin was filming the Western movie in New Mexico when he discharged a prop gun, killing director of photography Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

The weekend prior, Ackles had described how he’d been taught to handle his firearm on the Rust set at a convention for his hit show Supernaturalin Denver.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the story.

The Rust shooting took place amid an industry-wide reckoning over labour and safety

Friday 22 October 2021 23:25 , Josh Marcus

Tens of thousands of Hollywood’s blue collar, behind-the-camera union workforce are set to vote on a controversial deal between the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and movie producers, struck earlier this month to avoid an industry-wide strike. Many of the sticking points in the negotiations—safety, long hours—are the same ones being discussed in the context of the accidental shooting of director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in New Mexico.

With the Alec Baldwin incident showing just how unsafe film/tv working conditions can be and IATSE rank and file feeling let down by the deal their leadership struck, we’re still in need of a much bigger reckoning around labor in Hollywood. https://t.co/mbhbD7hqnu

— Chai Dingari (@chaidingari) October 22, 2021

Here’s The Independent’s Oliver O’Connell with the details on the Hollywood labour crisis.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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Hollywood strike over long hours and low wages averted before imminent walkout

Photos captures Alec Bladwin in frantic moments after accidental shooting on set of Rust

Friday 22 October 2021 23:50 , Josh Marcus

Jim Weber, a photographer from The Santa Fe New Mexican, captured photos of a distraught Alex Baldwin outside of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, in the moments after he accidentally shot and killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza with a prop gun on Thursday.

BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer-director. How on earth could this have happened?

Pics: Jim Weber ⁦@thenewmexican⁩ pic.twitter.com/xrvcheLaCK

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 22, 2021

Gun safety instructor breaks down difference between live and prop guns—and where confusion occurs

Saturday 23 October 2021 00:20 , Josh Marcus

Once it’s loaded, it’s hard to tell a prop gun from a real one on a movie set, according to firearms safety instructor and reporter Stephen Gutowski. “Blank-firing prop guns are made to look and feel like real guns,” he said on Friday on Twitter. “They can also literally be made from real guns.”However, things are much less complicated before the gun is loaded, and blank versus live ammunition looks quite different, he added, showing a photo comparison.

Several media outlets have asked me how easy it is to tell the difference between a live round of ammunition and a blank given what happened on the set of Alec Baldwin’s latest movie. It is very easy to tell the difference between them in most cases. Here’s an example. pic.twitter.com/vvPW2aVwsf

— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) October 22, 2021

Safety with prop guns on film sets is being scrutinized after actor Alex Baldwin accidentally shot and killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in New Mexico, and wounded the upcoming film’s director.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Audio of Rust 911 call released after fatal incident on movie set

Saturday 23 October 2021 00:50 , Josh Marcus

“We need help immediately.”

Those were the words of an employee who called 911 on Thursday, after actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of the upcoming film Rust, while he was using what he thought was a prop gun.

Audio of the call was first obtained by TMZ.I’ll be following this developing story and supplying new details as they arrive.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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‘We need help’: Audio of 911 call after Alex Baldwin shooting released

Alec Baldwin ‘handed loaded weapon by assistant director who said it was safe to use’, court documents say

Saturday 23 October 2021 00:55 , Josh Marcus

Alec Baldwin was handed a loaded weapon by a member of the film crew and told it it was “safe to use”, according to court documents, before he fired the gun and accidentally killed one employee on set on Thursday.

The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe is following this breaking story.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
© Provided by The Independent

Alec Baldwin ‘handed loaded weapon by assistant director who said it was safe to use’

Ireland Baldwin speaks out in support of father Alec after shooting incident

01:20 , Josh Marcus

Ireland Baldwin, daughter of Alec Baldwin, has expressed support for her father after he was involved in an on-set incident that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.

Baldwin was filming Rust in New Mexico when he fired a prop gun. As a result, Hutchins was killed and the film’s director, Joel Souza, was injured.

Ireland took to Instagram to express her support for all involved: “My love and support go to Halyna Hutchins’ family and friends. Sending healing thoughts to Joel Souza. And wishing I could hug my dad extra tight today.”Read Sam Moore’s full story here.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Star told gun was safe before firing fatal shot, as 911 call released
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Ireland Baldwin speaks out in support of father Alec after shooting incident

‘All they wanted to do was rush’: Crew members worried about safety before shooting

01:45 , Josh Marcus

Just hours before Alex Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a crew member with what he thought was a prop gun, a half-dozen employees of the upcoming film Rust walked off set to protest what they thought were lackluster working and safety conditions—including with the movie’s stand-in weapons.

A camera operator told The Los Angeles Times they complained to a production manager about gun safety on the set, after prop guns were accidentally discharged on set twice over the weekend.

“There should have been an investigation into what happened,” the crew member told the Times. “There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush.”

Three unnamed sources told the paper that standard safety protocols, around things like firearms, weren’t being followed during the production of the low-budget film.

Signing off

01:54 , Josh Marcus

That concludes our live coverage today of the accidental shooting on the set of Rust. Thanks for reading, and do stick with The Independent for all the latest news, analysis, and commentary.

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