Actor ,Alec Baldmin was mistakenly handed a loaded prop gun on set of new film,Rust on Thursday which led to the shooting of cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who sadly did not make it.
Baldwin was handling the vintage gun which is said to be a colt revolver on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when it fired a live round – killing mom-of-one Hutchins, 42, and wounding director Joel Souza.
The terrible accident is under investigation according to Sante Fe County Sheriff Department;
‘The investigation remains active and open. Witnesses continue to be interviewed and evidence collected.’
Dailymail reported that crew members complained of safety on set a day before the accident;
Union members had walked off set hours earlier over safety concerns
Unionized members walked off set on Wednesday, hours before the tragedy, complaining of safety concerns.
They complained about long hours, shoddy conditions and another safety incident days earlier involving ‘two misfires’ of a prop weapon.
Deadline cites an unnamed source who said a gun had gone off ‘in a cabin’ while someone was holding it, days prior to the shooting that killed Hutchins.
‘A gun had two misfires in a closed cabin. They just fired loud pops – a person was just holding it in their hands and it went off,’ they said, apparently referring to unintentional discharges.
Baldwin’s stunt double also accidentally fired two rounds after being told the firearm was ‘cold’.
When they turned up to set to clear their things on Thursday, they found they’d been replaced by locals.
It begs the question of who those local workers were, what their training was and to what extent did they check the weapon before it was handed to Baldwin.
Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines’, Halyna, 42, had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career – and started a family.
Remembered by friends as a ‘kind’ and ‘loving soul’, Halyna lived in Venice Beach, California, with her husband Matthew, a lawyer, and their son Andros, known affectionately as her ‘little man’ and thought to be around nine years old