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Armorer on Alec Baldwin Rust set halted filming on last movie after ‘inexperienced 24-year-old gave gun to child on set’

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ARMORER on Alec Baldwin Rust set halted filming on last movie after an "inexperienced 24-year-old gave a gun to child on set".

Crew member Halyna Hutchins, 42, died from her injuries while director Joel Souza fights for his life after a prop gun misfired.

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.”

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.

Hannah previously told a podcast that she almost didn't take the job, her first as head armorer, because she wasn't sure if she was "ready" for it.

Speaking on Voice of the West podcast last month, she discussed working on The Old Way.

She said: "It was a really bada** way to start off a really long and cool career, I’m hoping. I just finished up working on The Old Way with Nicolas Cage, his very first Western. 

"It was also my first time being head armorer as well. You know, I was really nervous about it at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but, doing it, like, it went really smoothly."

Speaking about her dad, who helped to train her up, she continued: "He took me from being completely green and taught me everything I know so far and by all means, I am still learning. 

"Dad has taught me everything but a lot of things I just kind of caught on by myself through observation, watching him do things or just knowing how the firearms work. 

TRAGIC ACCIDENT

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 and injuring director Joel on Thursday.

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

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

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

'MY HEART IS BROKEN' 

Baldwin broke his silence yesterday after accidentally shooting a cinematographer dead on set.

In a statement, Alec 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."

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.

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."

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