Alec Baldwin aimed at camera when gun was unloaded – affidavit

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SANTA FE, NM, October 24 (Reuters) – Alec Baldwin was shooting a gun at his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of “Rust” when the gun fired and hit the director of photography in chest, according to an affidavit released on Sunday.

The affidavit provided additional details about Thursday’s accidental shooting in New Mexico that killed 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. Baldwin had been handed the propeller pistol and was told it was unloaded, Santa Fe authorities said in court documents.

“Joel said they had Alec sitting on a bench in a church building, and he was doing a cross-draw. Joel said he was looking over (Hutchins) ‘s shoulder, when he heard what sounded like a whip, then a loud noise, “the affidavit read.

Hutchins was shot in the chest, the document said.

“Joel then vaguely remembers (Hutchins) complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection. Joel also said that (Hutchins) started to stumble back and she was helped to the ground,” adds affidavit.

Hutchins said she couldn’t feel her legs, Reid Russel, a cameraman who was standing next to her at the time of the shooting, told officials.

A distraught Baldwin, 63, was pictured outside a Santa Fe hotel on Saturday kissing and talking with Matt Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, and their nine-year-old son.

In a statement read at a candlelight vigil on Saturday, Hutchins called his wife’s death “a huge loss”. Read more

No one was charged in the fatal incident during a rehearsal Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside of Santa Fe as the sheriff’s office continues its investigation.

Numerous media and social media have raised concerns about the security protocols on the set of the low budget film. Souza and Russel both described a film crew outing before the crash.

An image of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after being shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of his movie “Rust,” is displayed during a vigil in her honor in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, October 23, 2021. REUTERS / Kevin Mohatt

“Reid said the film crew had production issues involving payment and accommodation,” the affidavit read, adding that Russel said six people had come out.

Serge Svetnoy, chief electrician of “Rust”, said in a Facebook post on Sunday that he held Hutchins in his arms while she was dying and blamed “negligence and unprofessionalism” for her death.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing unidentified production-related sources, said the weapon handed to Baldwin had previously been used by crew members for staggered target training, using real bullets.

Reuters could not verify the report and Santa Fe police did not respond to inquiries on Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, over a week ago, Baldwin’s double stuntman accidentally fired two shots from a gun after learning it was “cold,” an industry term meaning that ‘a weapon is not loaded with ammunition, including blank.

Rust Movie Productions said last week that while they “have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of guns or props on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures during the shutdown. the production”.

According to court documents, the propeller pistol was handed over to Baldwin by the film’s assistant director Dave Halls, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

Rooms did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday. The film’s chief gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez, is also involved in the sheriff’s investigation. She could not be reached for comment. Read more

About 200 people attended the vigil for Cutchins in Albuquerque on Saturday. While organizers stressed that the event should honor the memory of Hutchins rather than focus on his death, some in the crowd held signs reading “Safety on the set.”

A second vigil took place in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, where a few hundred people cried in a private parking lot, according to a Reuters photographer.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Writing by Jill Serjeant and Alexandra Ulmer; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Stephen Coates

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