The Sante Fe Sheriff’s office said in a statement that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza “…were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.”
According to Variety, Alec Baldwin fired the prop gun on the set of Rust in New Mexico Thursday, accidentally killing Halyna Hutchins and wounding Souza. The movie was filming at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular production location south of Santa Fe.
BREAKING: Alec Baldwin shoots two on movie set in bizarre prop gun mishap, one dead | The Post Millennial
Here we go again: Brandon Lee part two.
I have the feeling that same as with The Crow, we are going to find out that people that should not be in the business were hired to do the job amongst people of a culture that does not adhere to the Four Rules. There is simply no reason to have real ammunition in a movie/TV show set unless is under very controlled circumstances which include no personnel in front of a muzzle.
My absolute guess is that they were filming a scene where the character was shooting and the angle was straight at the camera. That would explain why the cinematographer and the director took rounds since their position is behind the camera. It does not explain why there was not a safety panel in between the scene and the camera since even blank wads can kill at short distances.
PS: I am not a fan of Baldwin, but I do not envy how he has to be feeling right now.
This is the Prop Union talking: Live round was used.
In the email that IATSE Local 44 sent to its membership, Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Pawluc described the event as an “an accidental weapons discharge” in which “A live single round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor, hitting both the Director of Photography, Local 600 member Halnya Hutchins, and Director Joel Souza … Local 44 has confirmed that the Props, Set Decoration, Special Effects and Construction Departments were staffed by New Mexico crew members. There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet.”
Alec Baldwin Fires Gun Kills Cinematographer, Wounds Director on Set | IndieWire
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My suspicion is that there was a shield, but it was to protect the camera lens and the operator/director from the muzzle blast of a blank.
Bullet goes through the shield, shattering the shield and deflecting the bullet. Bullet hits Hutchins, shield fragments hit Souza, and now Baldwin is a gun safety expert because he knows the tragedy they can cause.
Of course, given Baldwin’s history of being a physically violent, verbally abusive asshole, it’s just as likely that he fired at Hutchins in anger, thinking it was safe to do so.
Dont know. Dont really care- 3 stupid rule has never been more on point than with the hollywood crowd. And you know it will be spun to be anti gun and or Trumps fault..
Aaaannddd my favorite- if you gonna be dumb, ya gotta be tuff…
I’m with Ace of Spades on this one. While normally I would feel some compassion, Baldwin has been a raving leftist asshat and I’d bet he never saw a gun control proposal he didn’t love.
I’m sorry that Hutchins died. My compassion goes to her family and friends. But not for Baldwin. Violent little jerk.
You think real ammo?
I was thinking barrel obstruction with a blank.
Possibly. But it would have to had happened really really close and he hit two people.
The quoted article is very confusing; it talks about “live rounds” in one place and blanks in another. If live rounds the answer is obvious — those don’t belong in such a scene. If blanks, that’s different, protecting from the debris of those should be straightforward.
I wrote a post on this for my own blog. It publishes tomorrow. Alec Baldwin is an antigun asshat. His against guns unless he is making millions of dollars off of them. He has been a “gun control activist” for years, and yet he has shot and killed more people than I have.
I remember Baldwin making fun of Vice President Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting of a hunting companion.
He also more recently commented on Twitter about a police officer-involved shooting where he tweeted, “I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…”.
Well now he knows. Karma is a cast iron bitch.
It is homicide when someone is killed, and Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger. Therefore, even if Baldwin the shooting was accidental, charge him with negligent homicide and leave it to the jury to absolve him. Isn’t that how progressive justice works?
I don’t feel sorry for him at all. Maybe if he knew more about guns, this person wouldn’t be dead.
How many rounds were expended in the making of the John Wick movies? How many serious injuries? Could it be that the training Keanu Reeves took helped make the set safer?
People in Hollywood know blanks can be dangerous if they know any history. Baldwin certainly did. But he will come out of this as the victim and use it to hammer the evil NRA and gun owners.
When I took classes with the evil NRA, we were called out if we let our solid plastic training pistols sweep anyone or if we showed poor trigger discipline on them. We were taught not to keep live rounds near the area where we were stripping and cleaning our weapons. It wasn’t that ammo was going to jump into the gun or that a gun in pieces was going to shoot someone. They wanted to drill into our heads that gun ownership means constant vigilance. Guns are not toys … and in a class, even toy guns are not toys. And of course, we were taught The Rules.
I’m so sorry for the woman who lost her life and for those who loved her. I am angry that the negligence involved will be used to vilify the people who believe in safe, responsible gun ownership.
“Maybe if he knew more about guns, this person wouldn’t be dead.” Amen to that. And maybe if the people in charge of the enterprise knew anything at all about guns, this person wouldn’t be dead, because whatever was in that weapon likely wouldn’t have been there. Oh, well.
There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to feel any sympathy here at all towards anyone involved. Alec Baldwin is a raging leftist asshole (albeit a talented actor) and the entire Hollywood apparatus seems to be steeped in amoral liberal putrefaction, so it stands to reason the two victims here were probably of a similar mind to Baldwin and the rest of the industry filth.
Then again, I’m making a big assumption on that last part, and even if I’m correct, I should be praying for those who persecute me, not dancing on their graves. It’s a sad situation that could have been avoided.
I would feel bad for him but this is a man who believes that gun should all be banned and I suspect he wants us to be killed to have our guns forcibly taken from us too. So fuck him and his feelings. I feel sorry for the person he killed and her family.
SinceI heard that it was a revolver I suspect someone mistook a wadcutter for a blank.That or they just took the powder out of a live round and we have a crow repeat or thought they did but didn’t.
It’s a sadly too common training accident. How many stories have you heard where the person doesn’t unload a gun properly, then shoots someone or something with it?
Yes, which is why our instructors pound Col. Cooper’s Four Rules into our dense little skulls. But we aren’t “professionals” much less gun-hating bigots who think us little people shouldn’t have guns, they should be reserved to our betters — like himself.
F*** him and the camel he rode in on.
He doesn’t need to learn about guns. If mouth breathing bitter clingers can operate them, surely a smart Hollywood action hero can. Rules are for dummies.
I recently read that what movie people call a “live” round is what normal people would call a blank. Don’t know if that’s actually true but it is what I read in a Twitter thread that included some movie people.
Twatter is a cesspool, you can’t believe anything on there. And by movie people? Get real, their heads are so far up their azzes, they can their own tonsils.
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