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Alec Baldwin shooting news – Tributes to Halyna Hutchins after gun accident as Rust armorer deletes Twitter and Facebook

THE armorer who handled the gun before the accidental fatal shooting has shut down her social media accounts, and sources say she did so based on legal advice.

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 armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, handled the "loaded gun" before the fatal incident.

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, it was reported 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.

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  • WHERE WAS HALYNA HUTCHINS FROM?

    Halyna had written that she grew up on a Russian military base “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines” and her father was reported to be a former member of the Soviet navy.

    She spoke English and Russian, graduated from Kiev University in journalism and often found work as a BBC documentary producer.

  • WHO ARE ALEC BALDWIN'S CO-STARS IN RUST?

    Rust will star Alec alongside actors Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, Frances Fisher and Jensen Ackles.

    Director Joel Souza worked on the story with Alec – who plays the titular character, Harland Rust.

    The movie is about the Western outlaw who has always had a bounty on his head for as long as he can remember.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CANDACE OWENS RIPS ALEC, CALLS INCIDENT 'POETIC JUSTICE'

    In a since deleted tweet, the Fox News commentator wrote:

    "Alec Baldwin spent 4 years dedicated to painting Donald Trump and his supporters as evil murderers. What has happened to Alec would be an example of poetic justice if it weren’t for the actual innocent people that were murdered by him. Pray for their families. So sad.”

  • ‘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.”

  • HALYNA'S FINAL MOMENTS

    Fox news reported that Rust director Joel Souza said he heard "what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop," and saw Halyna grab her midsection as she stumbled backward.

    She was lowered to the ground by other crew members. Halyna said she could not feel her legs, recalled camera operator Reid Russell.

    Souza was also injured in the incident and hospitalized.

  • ALEC HAS BREAKFAST WITH HALYNA'S HUSBAND AND SON

    People reported that Alec had breakfast with Haylna's husband and son after the fatal shooting accident.

    Sources said the actor "didn't look good."

  • SUPPORTING ALEC, REMEMBERING BRANDON LEE ACCIDENT

    As Alec is facing harsh criticism on social media regarding the accidental shooting, many are coming to his defense.

  • UKRAINE'S FOREIGN MINISTRY DEMANDS AN INVESTIGATION

    Ukraine's foreign ministry has asked diplomats in San Francisco to urgently investigate the circumstances of her death.

    A spokesman said: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine confirms that Ms Halyna Hutchins, who was killed during the process of filming on the territory of the USA, has Ukrainian citizenship.

    “The Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco has been asked to clarify the circumstances and is co-operating with American law enforcement representatives.

    “The Consulate also establishes contacts with relatives in order to provide the necessary assistance.”

    Halyna grew up in Kiev.

  • HALYNA’S BACKGROUND

    Halyna had written that she grew up on a Russian military base “surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines” and her father was reported to be a former member of the Soviet navy.

    She spoke English and Russian, graduated from Kiev University in journalism and often found work as a BBC documentary producer.

  • ALEC ASKED WHY HE WAS HANDED A 'HOT' WEAPON

    Baldwin's gun reportedly had live ammo in it as the star was heard asking "why was I handed a hot gun" after accidentally shooting a crew member on set.

    Photos captured Alec sobbing outside of a local police station in Sante Fe, New Mexico where the incident occurred.

  • HALYNA'S FAMILY 'BESIDE THEMSELVES'

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

    A pal in Kiev, Ukraine, where Halyna grew up said: “The family is grieving but at the same time they are asking and they will want answers. If someone made a mistake then they will have to pay.

    “They just don’t understand how something dreadful like this could have happened when safety measures are supposed to be in place.

    “They are also frantically trying to secure documents to get to the United States. Her mother does not have the correct paperwork.”

  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH &SAFETY BUREAU INVESTIGATION

    A representative of the OHSB exclusively told The Sun: "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," the statement concluded.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."