Fatal Shooting on Set of Alec Baldwin Movie

FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, actor Alec Baldwin walks out of the New York Police Department’s 10th Precinct, in New York, after he was arrested for allegedly punching a man in the face during a dispute over a parking spot outside his New York City home, authorities said. Baldwin is set to be arraigned in a New York court on assault and harassment charges Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. He has said that any assertion that he punched anyone over a parking spot is false and that the episode was “egregiously misstated.” (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Update: November 9, 2021 12:45pm

(CNN) – Actor Alec Baldwin is calling on production companies in Hollywood to hire more police officers on all film and television sets that use guns.

“Every film/TV set that uses guns, fake or otherwise, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor weapons safety,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter and posted to Instagram on Monday.

Baldwin’s statement comes after his involvement in the accidental shooting on the Western movie set “Rust” last month in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The 63-year-old actor fired a gun while rehearsing for a scene, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

However, many fans are slamming Baldwin for the concept. They say the responsibility does not belong to police officers, but it belongs to the armorer on the film set.

Traditionally, the armorer has the responsibility of managing all firearms used on set, to ensure that they are appropriate for the setting of the film and that they look realistic.

The armorer must also make sure that the weapons are clean, properly kept, correctly loaded and safely handled.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer for the movie “Rust,” said she had inspected the rounds in the gun Baldwin fired before assistant director Dave Halls handed it to Baldwin on set.

Investigators are still trying to figure out which crew members are at fault for this incident.

Last week, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that real guns would no longer be used on sets for his movies.

Update: October 27, 2021 4:30pm

Law enforcement officials in New Mexico suspect a real bullet was loaded in the antique revolver Alec Baldwin was using in “Rust” when he killed the film’s cinematographer and wounded its director.

The assistant director on “Rust” who handed Alec Baldwin the gun that fired the fatal shot acknowledged to investigators that he did not check all the rounds loaded in the weapon prior to the lethal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, a detective wrote in a search warrant affidavit made public Wednesday.

Detective Alexandria Hancock described her interviews with first assistant director David Halls and armorer Hannah Gutierrez.

“David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds. He advised he should have checked all of them but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” the affidavit said.

“It’s not negligence, it’s involuntary manslaughter. It is our equivalent to negligence but it is a higher standard than sort of classic negligence,” district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies explained. “So that willful disregard what we have to do when we’re trying to figure out if someone committed or did that willful disregard, we have to go to our case law.”

Pat Thurston asks listerners, who should be charged for this crime?

Update: October 25, 2021 1 :20pm

The shot that killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set last week was fired as actor Alec Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun, according to the director who was injured in the shooting, an affidavit for a search warrant shows.

Joel Souza, director of the film “Rust,” was shot in the shoulder and director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed when the prop gun went off during a rehearsal at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe Thursday.

Souza told them Baldwin was “sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw,” the affidavit said. A cross draw is when a shooter pulls the weapon from a holster on the opposite side of the body from the draw hand.

“The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company. Though we were not made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down. We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and offer mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time,” Rust Movie Productions LLC said. 

Entertainment Reporter for PBS and the NYPost, Bill McCuddy, joins The Chip Franklin Show to discuss guns on set and in movies. 

ABC News entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson is with Chip Franklin to analyze Alec Baldwin’s shooting on set. 

Pat Thurston: Alec Baldwin breaks silence after killing crew member in disastrous gun mishap on movie set.

A tragic accident occurred on the set of Alec Baldwin’s new movie “Rust” resulting in one person dead and another person injured Thursday afternoon.

Baldwin was in New Mexico filming a western film, “Rust”, which he’s starring in and producing. He discharged a prop firearm on set, killing Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director of photography. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident.

According to investigators, the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged. Law enforcement said, “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

The International Cinematographers Guild said it mourns the loss of its member, Halyna Hutchins, and supports a full investigation.

“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” a statement obtained by CNN said.

Alec Baldwin released a statement on Twitter expressing his sadness and cooperation with the investigation.


ABC Entertainment Reporter Jason Nathanson brings the latest news on the death of Halyna Hutchins to the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro.

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