According to the information obtained by the court, Halyna Hutchins was shot dead shortly after an assistant director had said that the gun was unloaded.
Actor and producer Alec Baldwin claimed that assistant director Dave Halls was unaware that the gun was loaded and shouted “cold gun!” moments before the shooting which took the life of crew member Halyna Hutchins, according to Santa Fe’s court records.
On Thursday Baldwin killed the 42-year-old cinematographer with a prop gun during the set of the western movie “Rust” in New Mexico. The incident also left director Joel Souza injured as he was standing behind the killed woman.
New Mexico’s police have opened an investigation while the information shared in the court of Santa Fe was revealed to the public. It says that Baldwin's blood-stained outfit was taken as evidence. The prop gun was confiscated as well along with other prop weapons and ammunition. Nobody has been charged over the shooting yet.
On Friday Baldwin assured that he was cooperating with the police adding that he was completely devastated after the incident. The actor also said that he offered support to the family and relatives of Hutchins.
1- 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
Halyna Hutchins was of Ukrainian origin and studied journalism in Kyiv and the film industry in the US. In 2019 the American Cinematographer magazine dubbed her a rising star.
“Rust” starring Baldwin, Jensen Ackles, and Travis Fimmel is a story of an outlaw trying to save his thirteen-year-old grandson after the latter was sentenced to capital punishment for an accidental murder.
Similar incidents occur rarely on sets but become notorious. In 1993 Brandon Lee was shot dead with a prop gun on the set of The Crow movie. Martial arts legend Bruce Lee’s son was shot as the crew was filming his death scene.