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Alec Baldwin shooting news – Gun used to fatally shoot Hayla 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...

  • 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."

  • WHY IS 'ALEC FOR PRISON' TRENDING?

    On Thursday, October 21, 2021, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of an indie Western film.

    The prop gun ended up resulting in the death of 42-year-old cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins.

    Baldwin was in tears Thursday and has been cooperating with authorities since the investigation into the incident was launched.

    On Twitter, the hashtag #Alecforprison is currently trending, with people on the internet sharing their opinions on whether or not the movie star should be convicted for the accidental shooting.

  • WHAT HAS ALEC BALDWIN SAID OF THE SHOOTING?

    Alec Baldwin tweeted, “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.”

    He added he’s “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,” he concluded.

  • WHO WAS HALYNA HUTCHINS?

    Hutchins was a cinematographer working on the set of the movie Rust when she was shot and killed in a freak accident involving a prop gun.

    Halyna worked on multiple projects such as The Mad Hatter and Darlin’ before her death.

    Halyna worked as a cinematographer with over 30 cinematography credits on IMDB.

    She had also previously directed and acted in two different short films.

    Most of her work was on short films with 2017’s Snowbound being her first full-length film credit as a cinematographer.

    She was working on the set of Alec Baldwin’s newest film Rust when she passed away.

  • ‘EVERYONE IS TRAUMATIZED’

    A crew member who spoke exclusively with The Sun said, “The entire cast and crew again were just in panic mode, that’s the best way I can describe it.”

    “Everyone was shaking but doing all they could to help. Everyone is traumatized, I know I am.”

    “It was the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen. Blood was everywhere,” they continued.

    “Cameras, lights and props were damaged also so broken glass was everywhere too.”

  • WHAT THE WARRANT SAYS, CONTINUED

    Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart, believing it was unloaded, and brought it inside to Alec, the warrant says.

    It’s not clear at this time how many rounds were fired.

    Gutierrez-Reed, 24, said in a recent podcast interview that she had trained from a young age. She also said that she had recently completed her first job as a head armorer on a film called The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage.

    Halls has been in the business for decades, working as an assistant director on major productions like Fargo, The Matrix Reloaded, and Reno 911.

    The gun that went off and other prop guns and ammunition were taken in as evidence, as well as Alec’s blood-stained costume, the warrant says.

  • WHAT THE WARRANT SAYS

    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.

  • HOLLYWOOD’S REACTION

    Mourners have expressed their condolences and paid glowing tributes to Halyna Hutchins after she died on the set of the film Rust.

    Hollywood actor Dwayne Johnson said: “I am so so sorry. Rest easy. My love and strength to your family.”

    British TV producer Richard Denton said: “Halyna was the most wonderful, vital, lively and positive person to work with.

    “She was friendly and enormously helpful. She was completely unpretentious and incredibly professional.”

    Adam Mortimer told Good Morning Britain: “She was somebody who was absolutely dedicated to art and integrity.

  • 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 honour 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."

  • HAILEY BIEBER SENDS LOVE TO HALYNA'S FAMILY

    In a post shared with her 38.8 million followers, 24-year-old Hailey wrote: "Sending all my love to the family of Halyna Hutchins. This is a truly unimaginable and devastating tragedy.

    "My thoughts are also with Joel Souza as he recovers. I am absolutely heartbroken for everyone involved."

    On Thursday night her father, Stephen Baldwin, requested prayers via Instagram.

    Stephan, 55, wrote: "Asking for your prayers tonight friends not much can be said other than please pray for all involved in the wake of this tragic accident thank you."

    In his caption he cited Psalm 91 which reads in part: "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

  • 'IT'S HAVING YOUR WHOLE WORLD FLIP UPSIDE DOWN'

    Brandon Lee's sister, Shannon, said her family is heartbroken and supports banning real guns from sets following another accidental shooting from what was supposed to be a prop gun.

    "I think we wish we had thought to do more 28 years ago, and we would love to do that now," said Shannon about her brother's death while talking to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Lee said she feels for the family of Halyna Hutchins.

    "It’s having your whole world flip upside down," she recalled.

    "There should be compassion for all the pain everyone is going through.”

  • WHAT HAPPENED ON THE SET OF THE CROW?

    On the set of the 1993 film The Crow, actor Brandon Lee was tragically killed in a similar gun mishap.

    Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died at age of 28 after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie.

    In that incident, a prop gun that was supposed to fire a blank let off a live round, killing the actor.

  • RUST PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCE INTERNAL REVIEW

    In a statement to Deadline, Rust Movie Productions, LLC, said that an internal investigation into Thursday's shooting was underway, and they were not made aware of additional safety concerns.

    "The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company," the statement said.

    "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."

    Both Alec and the staff member who handled the prop guns on the film's set were interviewed by police and released on Thursday.

  • WHAT HAS ALEC BALDWIN SAID?

    Alec issued a statement after the incident mourning Halyna, 42, and confirming that he was cooperating with the police investigation.

    "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," he wrote.

    "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."

  • 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."

  • SAFETY PROBLEMS PLAGUED RUST SET

    A half-dozen camera crew workers were said to have gone on strike on Thursday over working conditions.

    Safety concerns had been raised about the New Mexico location, Deadline reports.

    At least one incident involved a prop weapon misfiring, one source told the outlet.

    "A gun had two misfires in a closed cabin," the source said. "They just fired loud pops - a person was just holding it in their hands and it went off."

  • 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.”

  • STAFF TREATMENT WOES ALLEGEDLY LEAD TO WALKOUT

    The gun given to Alec Baldwin on set had been reportedly handled by replacement staff following a mass walkout over safety concerns. 

    The unidentified employee was hired to replace someone else amid chaos on the set, according to a source.

    Another source told The New York Post a crew of workers had walked off the film’s set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday morning what they alleged were poor safety protocols.

  • ‘Distraught’ Alec Baldwin was quizzed by police

    One photo of the actor outside the police station shows him on the phone while another snapped him close to the curb with his hands on his knees.

    A “distraught” Baldwin was quizzed by cops following the accident and was snapped sobbing outside a local police station in Santa Fe, according to local media reports.

    The officer confirmed that no charges have been filed yet relating to the incident, but the investigation remains ongoing as witness’ are being interviewed.

  • WHY WAS A GUN FIRED ON SET

    Tragedy struck when the vintage Colt pistol discharged shrapnel or a bullet, which hit two people on set.

  • HAVE CHARGES BEEN FILED?

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Juan Rios confirmed to The Sun that no charges have been filed yet relating to the incident.

    However, he said the investigation remains ongoing as witnesses are interviewed.

  • ‘EVERYONE IS TRAUMATIZED’

    A crew member who spoke exclusively with The Sun said, “The entire cast and crew again were just in panic mode, that’s the best way I can describe it.”

    “Everyone was shaking but doing all they could to help. Everyone is traumatized, I know I am.”

    “It was the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen. Blood was everywhere,” they continued.

    “Cameras, lights and props were damaged also so broken glass was everywhere too.”

  • SHANNON LEE, BROTHER OF BRANDON LEE, POSTS TRIBUTE TO HALYNA

    Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, was killed in a similar incident on the set of The Crow in 1993.

    His sister, Shannon Lee, posted a tribute to Halyna on the Brandon Bruce Lee Twitter account.