‘I wouldn’t call it an accident at all, it’s a criminal investigation’
But the gun discharged, striking Hutchins in her chest and Souza in his right shoulder, according to a Santa Fe County, N.M., sheriff’s detective’s affidavit used to obtain a search warrant. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2021-10-24/alec-baldwin-prop-gun-shooting-halyna-hutchins-search-warrant
He told police he remembered Hutchins "complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection" before she "began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground." https://people.com/movies/rust-shooting-affidavit-reveals-heartbreaking-new-details-about-halyna-hutchins-final-moments/
"Information is coming out that needs to be fully investigated and considered by the District Attorney," Bowles continued. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/10/29/alec-baldwin-prop-gun-shooting-what-we-know-rust-investigation/8574632002/
Hutchins and Souza were viewing the camera angle, Souza told detectives. Souza, who was shot in the shoulder, was standing behind Hutchins.
“Mr. Baldwin cannot hide behind the [a]ssistant [d]irector to attempt to excuse the fact that he did not check the gun himself,” stated the lawsuit, also obtained by Deadline. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rust-script-supervisor-says-alec-123700532.html
The Los Angeles Times, citing two crew members it did not name, reported that five days before the shooting, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun didn’t have any ammunition.
A crew member who was alarmed by the misfires told a unit production manager in a text message, "We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe," according to a copy of the message reviewed by the newspaper. The New York Times also reported that there were at least two earlier accidental gun discharges; it cited three former crew members.
In another dramatic episode on Saturday, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two live rounds after being told the gun was ‘cold’, witnesses told the Los Angeles Times. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10122791/Why-gun-Alec-Baldwin-movie-set-loaded-live-ammo-Mystery-deadly-chain-events.html
The man was hit in the shoulder, while the woman was airlifted to the hospital for stomach surgery. https://deadline.com/2021/10/female-crewmember-dies-on-new-mexico-set-of-alec-baldwin-film-rust-1234860416/
"Joel then vaguely remembers [Hutchins] complaining about her stomach and grabbing her mid-section. Joel also said [Hutchins] began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground." https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59035483
The bullet was removed from Mr Souza’s shoulder during surgery.
"The cameras captured Alec shooting but Halyna and Joel were behind the camera so I don’t think the cameras captured them being shot.”
However, “cameras, lights and props were damaged” from the gunfire with “broken glass was everywhere,” so it is unclear if the footage would be salvable. https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/3914033/alec-baldwin-shooting-captured-camera-gun-killed-cinematographer/
Souza and Russell both told the sheriff’s detective that after camera operators walked off the Rust set, citing housing and pay issues, they were down to one camera, and it was not filming when Baldwin’s gun discharged.
"The scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver," the suit filed by Serge Svetnoy states. https://news.yahoo.com/alec-baldwin-wasnt-supposed-pull-224208577.html
It was unclear how many rounds were fired, and there was little information released about the weapon.
Alec Baldwin and Rust crew had been told never to point a gun at a person, lawyer for armorer says https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10167227/Alec-Baldwin-Rust-crew-told-never-point-gun-person-lawyer-armorer-says.html
Attorney For Armorer On Alec Baldwin Movie Suggests Possibility Of ‘Sabotage’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9J4GKAiX0A "Can’t Rule Anybody Out At This Point" 4:01 on the interview and 6:53 "Not a Rehearsal" but "Tech Prep" – Armorer NOT there during fatality
"This idea my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen," she said,
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Author: H. A. Goodman