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Alec Baldwin shooting – latest: Vigil for Halyna Hutchins as union boss says 'death shouldn't have happened'

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Alec Baldwin shooting: Aerial shots of film set after prop gun killed cinematographer

Hundreds have attended a vigil for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Albuquerque, New Mexico — not far from the Rust film set in Santa Fe, where she was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin, the Hollywood actor.

Many grieved for Ms Hutchins, amid reports that a stunt double for Mr Baldwin reportedly fired two rounds of live ammunition days before the Hollywood actor fatally shot Ms Hutchins, aged 42, on Thursday.

An anonymous worker told ABC News concerns about gun safety had been raised with producers, also claiming that there had been two accidental firearms discharges before the fatal incident, including with the stunt double.

Joel Souza, the director who co-wrote Rust with Mr Baldwin, was also injured on Thursday and was later released from hospital. He said in a statement that he was “gutted” for the death of Ms Hutchins.

Mr Baldwin released a statement on Friday, saying: “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

According to an affidavit, he had been handed the loaded firearm by an assistant director and told the gun was “cold” — or without live ammunition — before firing it. An investigation is in its fourth day.

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Hundred attend New Mexico vigil for Hutchins

Around 200 people from across the film industry and beyond attend a vigil for Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot on the set of Rust on Thursday.

The mourners, many of whom grieved at the loss of one of their own, voiced fears of accidents on their own film sets.

“Her death shouldn’t have happened, Union sets should be safe sets,” said Liz Pecos, president of the local branch of IATSE, the biggest theatre and film union in the US.

Hundreds mourn for Halyna Hutchins on Saturday night

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Brandon Lee’s family speaks out after late actor’s name trends alongside news of Alec Baldwin gun misfire

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.

His family spoke out following the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust.

Lee died aged 28 on the set of ‘The Crow’ after an actor fired a gun he believed was loaded with blanks

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Film and TV stars call for law to ban real guns from sets after fatal shooting

Actors, directors and films crews have joined a call urging productions to abandon “real” guns from their sets, and stressing that gunshot effects can and should be added in post-production.

Stars, including director Rian Johnson, say gunshot effects should always be added in post-production

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

The fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust has triggered widespread debate on the use of firearms on film sets and whether they should be permanently replaced with rubber and airsoft guns instead.

Here’s what you need to know about “prop” guns:

Prop gun vs real gun - the difference explained

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

Just days beore the on-set shooting, Alec Baldwin’s Rust co-star Jensen Ackles discussed the gun training he received for the film.

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

Actor described his firearm training for the film at a fan convention last weekend

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Alec Baldwin: A history of the actor’s career and life

Alec Baldwin, 63, is the eldest of the four actor brothers of his family. Read more about his life and career:

Star, who has seven children, is famous for his role in ‘30 Rock’ and for his impersonation of Donald Trump on ‘SNL’

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States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safety

The incident has underscored film workers’ concerns over workplace safety and renewed an organised labour push for better working conditions, after the union representing roughly 60,000 film workers reached a tentative agreement with Hollywood bosses averting a national strike.

Members of the Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) union and “below-the-line” workers – including grips, set artists and camera operators – have amplified concerns and complaints across social media and in the wake of the recent tragedy to link set dangers to poor contracts.

Read more about how firearms are handled on set here:

The film industry and its unions provide guidelines on how to deal safely with prop guns on movie sets

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‘Loading blanks was the scariest thing to me’: Rust head armourer new to job and admitted fears on previous set

A former model and the daughter of a Hollywood fast-draw legend was the person responsible for overseeing prop gun safety on the Western set where actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, was the armorer on the set of Rust, which has since suspended production in New Mexico after the fatal shooting on Thursday of Halyna Hutchins.

Ms Reed is the daughter of longtime Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, who has trained Hollywood stars such as Russell Crowe how to handle guns and other prop weapons. Ms Reed recently told podcast Voices of the West that she’d tried her hand at acting and modeling before settling on more behind-the-scenes work.

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, an ex model/actor, is the daughter of legendary Hollywood firearms expert Thell Reed

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New Mexico earned millions in film production

New Mexico, where the tragedy occurred on Thursday, is a well known power house for film and TV production and is home to production hubs for Netflix and NBCUniversal.

In the past year, the state had a record $623m being spent on productions, with Rust the latest. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat and an ardent film industry supporter, touted the industry’s pandemic precautions over the summer, saying it had put safety first and cleared the way for work to resume.  Workplace safety is paramount in every industry in New Mexico, including film and television, the governor’s spokeswoman, Nora Meyers Sackett, said Friday.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.

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Rust director speaks out, issues statement

The director of Rust has issued his first statement following his hospitalisation for a gunshot wound from a prop firearm fired by Alec Baldwin that killed the film’s director of photography.

Mr Baldwin – who co-wrote, produces and stars in the film – discharged a prop firearm on the set, reportedly striking Mr Souza’s shoulder and Ms Hutchins, who was flown to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead on 21 October.

The director was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance and released on 22 October, writes Alex Woodward.

Joel Souza discharged from hospital following on-set prop gun incident