Alec Baldwin unintentionally killed female cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun while filming Rust. An eyewitness said a bullet passed straight through Ms. Hutchins before also hitting Film Director Joel Souza in the clavicle.
Baldwin was seen on camera moments after the tragedy, hunched over and looking upset as he stood outside the local sheriff’s station. He’s currently doing everything he can to help the family of the 42-year-old mother who died in this horrific accident.
“A wife, mother, and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin paid tribute to Halyna Hutchins, saying: “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.” She is a beloved cinematographer whose dreams brought her from her home in Ukraine to work with the top stars in Los Angeles.
The film industry was already seeking explanations for how the disaster occurred on a set where safety was strictly monitored for the film’s production.
No charges have been brought against Baldwin despite his emotional interview with Santa Fe police officers. Authorities in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, said they have an active search warrant and will search the property.
After the shooting, a distraught Baldwin, who is most known for his Saturday Night Live impersonation of Donald Trump, repeatedly said, “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun.”
A female script supervisor called 911 and introduced herself as such: “We have two people accidentally shot on a movie set by a prop gun. We need help immediately. We need some help. Our director and a camerawoman have been shot.”
The dispatcher inquired as to whether or not the gun was indeed loaded with real ammunition; the script supervisor responded: “I cannot tell you that. We have two injuries from a movie gun. Shot. I was sitting, we were rehearsing, and it went off and I ran out. We all ran out. They were doubled over … the camerawoman and the director.”
The two victims were still “alert,” according to a man who took over after receiving a call from the script supervisor, and each had one wound.
Halyna Hutchins’s family members and coworkers wanted to know how the incident could occur as “How is this even possible?!?!” Make-up artist Vera Sawalha, who has worked with Ms. Hutchins, echoed these sentiments: “Halyna Hutchins was one of the most talented women I’ve ever had the honor of working with. So many before her have died in this very careless and preventable way. I am in shock.”
Jen Psaki, the White House’s press secretary, said: “Obviously, it is a tragedy and loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.”
Since the recent focus on crew safety, the death of Ms. Hutchins has led to an alert from the entertainment business calling for better safety protocols on site.
Rust Movie Productions has put an end to the film’s production for the foreseeable future. While the police investigation is ongoing and lengthy legal processes begin, it is believed that work on the film will be halted for some time. “Alec is a producer on the film, so he’s going to face some complicated lawsuits. But he’s not thinking about that right now; he’s just so devastated,” according to another insider.