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Alec Baldwin shooting news – Gun used to fatally shoot Halyna Hutchins ‘used by crew for recreational target practice’

THE gun fired by Alec Baldwin in a deadly accident on set of the film Rust was allegedly used by the crew for recreational target practice.

Director of photography Halyna Hutchins was killed, and director Joel Souza was critically injured, by the prop gun that an assistant director said was safe to use.

The gun —reportedly a vintage Colt pistol— was being used by crew members off set during a "target practice" with real bullets, multiple sources told TMZ.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail reports that the incident at Bonanza Creek ranch outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, occurred during a scene where Baldwin was filming a mock gunfight in the church on-set.

The Colt pistol was apparently one of many weapons on set and had been used in a previous scene without incident.

Read our Alec Baldwin live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • ALEC WAS 'INCONSOLABLE FOR HOURS' AFTER FATAL SHOOTING

    The actor, 63, is looking "to take some time to himself and re-center himself" after Halyna Hutchins was killed, and Joel Souza was critically injured by the prop gun.

    "This was pretty devastating," a source told PEOPLE.

    "This is how he handles difficult times. Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from [the] public eye."

    They added that Baldwin was "hysterical and absolutely inconsolable for hours" following the shooting.

    "Everyone knows this was an accident, but he's absolutely devastated," they continued.

  • WHAT DID ALEC SAY AFTER THE FATAL SHOOTING?

    In a statement, Alec Baldwin said: “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.

    “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.”

  • WHAT DOES WARRANT FROM POLICE PROBE SAY?

    The warrant says that an assistant director handed the gun to the actor and told him that it was "cold" before he fired it, fatally striking cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza on Thursday.

    The gun that was fired was one of three laid on a cart by the film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

  • PRIOR GUN-RELATED INCIDENT ON RUST FILM SET

    According to a new report from The Los Angeles Times, there had been a gun-related incident on the film set before Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed by the actor.

    Alec Baldwin's stunt double reportedly accidentally fired two rounds of ammunition prior to the incident.

    That double misfire was one of many safety concerns raised by crew members on the film's New Mexico set.

    Hours before the shooting, a number of people employed to work on the film walked off over safety fears.

  • HALYNA'S DAD REFUSES TO BLAME ALEC

    The distraught father of shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has insisted Alec Baldwin was not responsible for his daughter's shocking death.

    Ukrainian Anatoly told The Sun on Sunday last night: “We still can’t believe Halyna is dead and her mother is going out of her mind with grief.

    "But I don’t hold Alec Baldwin responsible — it is the responsibility of the props people who handle the guns.”

  • PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP FORESHADOWED TRAGEDY

    Hours before Thursday’s fatal accident, where Hutchins was killed and the film’s director Joel Souza was injured, seven of the film’s camera crew stormed off the set.

    One member of the crew wrote about the issues on a private Facebook group, according to Deadline.

    “We cited everything from lack of payment for three weeks, taking our hotels away despite asking for them in our deals, lack of Covid safety, and on top of that, poor gun safety!” the post said.

    “Poor on-set safety period!”

    The staff member alleged that “they brought in four non-union guys to replace us and tried calling the cops on us.”

  • 911 CALL REVEALS MOMENTS AFTER THE INCIDENT

    A 911 recording obtained by TMZ, a woman who identifies herself as the movie’s script supervisor is heard blaming the accident on someone whose name is apparently bleeped out.

    She said: “This motherf***ker. He’s supposed to check the guns. He’s responsible for what happened.”

  • HALYNA’S FAMILY MAKES A STATEMENT

    Matt Hutchins posted a picture of Halyna and her eight-year-old son Andros with an emotional tribute saying “our loss is enormous”.

    “Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words,” he wrote.

    Her distraught family were yesterday demanding answers about her death as they frantically tried to beat red tape to fly to the US.

    Friends said dad Antoly and mum Olga were “beside themselves with grief” after being told of the tragedy by her husband, Matthew.

  • STAFF ‘WOULDN’T GO BACK’ TO THE ‘CURSED’ RUST SET

    An on-set source also told The Sun they felt movie makers were “cutting corners to save a buck” after it was revealed several camera crew workers walked off to protest working conditions hours before the tragedy.

    They said: “I wouldn’t go back to the set if I was asked, it’s cursed.”

    Camera operators and their assistants were frustrated by issues like long hours and pay, according to a number of outlets.

    Someone from the production staff ordered union members to leave the set and said if they didn’t leave, the producers would call security and they would be removed.

  • HALYNA’S FRIEND POSTS TRIBUTE: ‘YOU DESERVE TO BE HERE’

    A close friend of Halyna’s, writer and director Li Lu, posted a tribute on Instagram.

    Lu claims the cinematographer previously hit out at producers on recent projects for acting “selfishly and dangerously.”

    In a moving post, she wrote: “Halyna, you were one of the hardest working people that I have ever met.

    “You loved cinema – completely and utterly. You were a friend and colleague. You were a great mom. 

    “The last time we spoke, you lamented how producers on recent projects acted selfishly and dangerously. How people who finance films thought their money could be traded for the decency, safety, and honor of all else on set. 

    “How often we tell ourselves to ‘buck up.’ Because we are tough. Because as women, we gotta show we can take it. Because we must sacrifice, to achieve our dreams. 

    “It’s not f***ing worth it. You deserve to be here. With your family.”

  • ANOTHER CO-STAR SPEAKS OUT

    Meanwhile, a video surfaced of Jensen Ackles speaking at a fan event in Denver to promote his CW show Supernatural.

    According to Deadline, the video clip was made sometime between October 15-17, 2021.

    In the video, Ackles says, “I’ve got a 6 a.m. call tomorrow to have a big shootout. They had me pick my gun, they were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?’ I was like, ‘A little.’ And she’s like, ‘Okay, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe.'”

    No word if Ackles was part of the shooting scene which killed Halyna Hutchins or if the armorer Ackles referred to was the same one who worked with Baldwin.

    Many of the video links have been taken down and Ackles hasn't commented on the accident.

  • CO-STAR SYMPATHIZES WITH ALEC BALDWIN

    Ashton, who's had a small role in Breaking Bad, said when he got to the New Mexico set it was closed off due to the accident.

    “It’s basically, it’s a terrible shame, I wish precautions would’ve been taken so that it didn’t happen," he told the New York Post. "But I don’t know what exactly did happen, the sheriff will tell, you know, so I can’t say, so I haven’t really thought about it all that much because I don’t have much to go on.”

    The actor believed that many of his fellow co-stars and crew will need to speak with counselors after the tragedy.

    He also sympathized with Baldwin, who was seen talking on his cell phone and crying outside of the Santa Fe Sherriff's Office after the accident.

    “He must be in terrible shape for having that happen to him, I feel bad for him and I’m sure he’s in misery over it … I would expect he would be,” he said. “He’s going to take a while to get settled, anybody would.”

  • WHEN DID THE ACCIDENT HAPPEN?

    The accident happened at around 1.50pm local time on Thursday.

    In a statement first given to The Sun, Santa Fe County Sheriff Juan Rios revealed: “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."

  • QUIZZED BY COPS

    Alec Baldwin was quizzed by cops following the accident and was snapped sobbing outside a local police station in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to local media reports.

    One picture shows him distressed while chatting on the phone while another snapped him close to the curb with his hands on his knees.

  • HOW MANY ROUNDS WERE FIRED?

    It's not clear at this time how many rounds were fired by Alec Baldwin.

  • WHAT DOES WARRANT FROM POLICE PROBE SAY?

    The warrant says that an assistant director handed the gun to the actor and told him that it was "cold" before he fired it, fatally striking cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza on Thursday.

    The gun that was fired was one of three laid on a cart by the film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

  • ALEC WAS 'INCONSOLABLE FOR HOURS' AFTER FATAL SHOOTING

    The actor, 63, is looking "to take some time to himself and re-center himself" after Halyna Hutchins was killed, and Joel Souza was critically injured by the prop gun.

    "This was pretty devastating," a source told PEOPLE.

    "This is how he handles difficult times. Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from [the] public eye."

    They added that Baldwin was "hysterical and absolutely inconsolable for hours" following the shooting.

    "Everyone knows this was an accident, but he's absolutely devastated," they continued.

  • 'NO WORDS'

    In a statement, Alec Baldwin said: "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.

    "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."

  • ARMORER DESCRIBED AS 'INEXPERIENCED'

    The armorer was described as being “inexperienced and green” by a Rust production source.

    They explained that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being unsafely discharged by other crew members before the tragic incident on Thursday.

    They insisted that she should have checked the weapons were safe before handing it to Baldwin.

  • WHAT DID ARMORER ON RUST SET DO ON LAST MOVIE?

    The armorer on Alec Baldwin's Rust set halted filming on the last movie after an "inexperienced 24-year-old gave a gun to a child on set."

    Two production sources revealed that filming on set of her last movie was briefly stopped after she allegedly gave a gun to an 11-year-old without checking it properly.

    “She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again,” one source told The Daily Beast.

    The source, who worked alongside Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on the upcoming Nicolas Cage film, The Old Way, continued: "There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.”

  • 'BITTER INTERACTIONS WITH PREDATORS'

    Halyna Hutchin's pal and actor-producer Stephen Wozniak told The Sun: “She (Halyna) experienced her fair share of sexist shut-outs and she wasn’t hired on some projects simply because she was a woman.”

    “She also had a few bitter interactions with predators. One, in particular, was on the set of a feature film and it was bad enough that she was thinking of keeping her name out of the credits.

    “She wouldn’t tell me the name of the man but she said he harassed her on the set at the end of the shoot.

    “It really rattled her. But Halyna was an incredibly tough person.”

  • HALYNA HUTCHINS 'HARASSED ON SET'

    The cinematographer who was accidentally killed by Alec Baldwin's prop gun was previously “harassed on set by Hollywood predators,” a friend has claimed.

    Halyna Hutchins, who was tragically confirmed as dead on Thursday, was described as “ambitious” and was determined to make it to the top of the US film industry.

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun, her pal and actor-producer Stephen Wozniak revealed that the 42-year-old always backed herself – even demanding double money for her skills.

    However, she was ultimately left feeling “rattled” by “ sexist predators” that had marred her career.

  • WILL ALEC BALDWIN GO TO PRISON (PART 2)

    According to reports, a crew member yelled out "cold gun" as Alec was handed the weapon. Cold gun refers to a weapon with no live rounds.

    Since Alec was told the weapon was not dangerous, the star probably won't be held accountable for the shooting.

    According to legal experts, he could face an involuntary manslaughter charge should investigators find he was reckless in handling the weapon.

    In New Mexico, where the film was being made, involuntary manslaughter does not require specific intent of wanting a person’s death.

    However, majority of on-set shootings are deemed accidents following investigations into them.

  • WILL ALEC BALDWIN GO TO PRISON (PART 1)

    Although Alec Baldwin has been fully cooperating with authorities following the incident on set, some are speculating on whether or not the star will be charged with anything.

    According to legal experts, the star could face some risks.

    The Occupational Health and Safety Bureau has launched an investigation into the incident, stating: "On Thursday evening, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) learned through the New Mexico Film Office of a workplace fatality and an injury to a second person that occurred during filming on a movie set in Santa Fe County."

    "The production company reported the fatality and injury to OHSB last night, in accordance with workplace safety laws.

    "OHSB is investigating the incident in coordination with law enforcement, the employer, and employees. No additional information will be released at this time, pending completion of the investigation," said the statement.

    No charges have been filed at the time, but the investigation remains ongoing.

  • WHY IS 'ALEC FOR PRISON' TRENDING? (continued)

    One tweet defended Alec, stating: "I really can’t understand why #AlecForPrison trending when he was literally on set with a PROP GUN. His job isn’t to check to make sure that it’s sufficiently loaded, that is the job of a prop master."

    However, many tweets spoke out against the actor.

    One user tweeted: "#alecforprison #lockhissorryarseup He's crazy. Mean too."

    Pictures attached to the tweet show Alec Baldwin apparently fighting with the paparazzi.

    One tweet seemed to bash Hollywood, stating: "Democrats in Hollywood and the music industry glorify gratuitous gun violence every day. Then they blame violence on the @NRA and everybody else. #AlecBaldwin #AlecForPrison".

    Another user added: "We need to give him the same respect he gives our military and police officers #AlecForPrison."