Alec Baldwin breaks silence after shooting woman with a prop gun on set; Search warrant issued

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Alec Baldwin has spoken out for the first time since a tragic shooting occurred on the set of his new film on Thursday.

"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," Baldwin tweeted on Friday. "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."

The actor was filming "Rust," which he both stars in and produces, in New Mexico. According to police, Baldwin shot a fake weapon on the set, killing Halyna Hutchins, 42, the film's director of photography.

Director Joel Souza, 48, was also hurt and was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Official report: Baldwin was supposedly handed a 'cold gun.'


According to a search warrant acquired by CNN affiliate KOAT from the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Baldwin was given one of three pretend weapons by assistant director David Halls, which were put up in a cart by an armorer.

According to the affidavit, Halls gave the gun to Baldwin and exclaimed "cold gun," indicating that the gun did not carry live ammunition.

Baldwin's revolver struck Hutchins in the chest and struck Souza in the shoulder, who was standing behind her practicing a play. After being transferred by helicopter, she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

In the affidavit, the investigator claims that the assistant director had no idea the revolver had live bullets when he delivered it to Baldwin.

The affidavit demanded the seizure of all weapons and ammunition, as well as cameras and computer equipment, as well as the actors' clothing from the time of the shooting.

The search warrant request was approved, according to Juan Rios, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

As per reports, crew members were concerned about their safety.

Several crew members left the project owing to concerns about working conditions and safety issues, including gun safety procedures and Covid protocols not being followed before the shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times and other media sites.

"The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company," Rust Movie Productions said in a statement obtained by Deadline. "Though we were not made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down. We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and offer mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time."

The investigation "remains ongoing and active," according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, and no charges have been filed.


Publish : 2021-10-23 11:25:00

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