It’s unfathomable with the safety precautions taken on film sets that something like this could happen, but a prop gun Alec Baldwin used in the shooting that killed a cinematographer on the New Mexico set of his movie called “Rust” contained a live round in the chamber.
The accident happened Thursday, and it also injured the director of the film.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department confirmed it was Baldwin who fired the fatal shot. One bullet struck other the Director of Photography and the Director.
Reports from the set say Baldwin was very distraught, and repeatedly was asking crew members why he was given a “hot gun,” meaning a gun with live ammunition.
The Hollywood gossip site Showbiz 411 quoted Baldwin as saying “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun.”
The Director of Photography killed was 42-year old Halyna Hutchins from the Ukraine. She had most recently worked on the film “Archenemey? With Joe Manganiello.
Here’s part of a statement from a spokesperson from Rust.
“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. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”
An investigation is underway to find out how something so senseless could have occurred.