Events Alec Baldwin accidentally kills a woman and wounds the director on the set of a western with an alleged blank gun
Alec Baldwin After accidentally killing a woman on set: "My heart is broken"
The police investigation into the fatal shooting with a prop pistol fired by Alec Baldwin during a shoot on Saturday focused
on the specialist in charge of the weapon and the assistant director who delivered it
to the American actor.
cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
, 42, was hit in the chest and died shortly after the incident in New Mexico Thursday, while director Joel Souza, 48, who was behind her, he was injured, hospitalized and released.
Police questioned Baldwin, who voluntarily cooperated, but
has not pressed charges against him
The pistol, which was supposed to have a blank cartridge,
had a loaded cartridge instead
, according to the affidavit filed by the sheriff's office to obtain a search warrant, local media reported.
The affidavit claims that Assistant Principal
, identified as the man who handed the gun to Baldwin, yelled "cold weapon" as he did so.
It is the language of the industry to indicate that a weapon has only one bullet.
The court document, obtained by AFP, says Halls did not know the gun was loaded.
Police are focusing on the exact sequence of events
that brought live ammunition onto the set
a "western" set in the 19th century.
On the phone call to 911 immediately after the shooting, you could hear the
shock and anger
felt on set. "
two people who were accidentally shot
with a prop pistol;
we need help right away, "says the person calling a police officer.
"Was it loaded with a real bullet?"
"Was it loaded with a real bullet?"
asks the operator.
"No ... I can't tell you," responds the caller.
"This son of a bitch is supposed to check guns, he's responsible for what happens on set." Gun safety guidelines detailed by the Actors' Equity Association group specify that "all firearms loads must be performed by the property owner, the gunsmith or experienced persons working under their direct supervision. "
Recommendations before use
The guidelines recommend: "Before each use, make sure the weapon
has been tested offstage
and then test it yourself. Watch as the propmaster checks the cylinders and barrel to make sure no foreign objects or dummy bullets are caught. has lodged inside ".
Baldwin said Friday that he was heartbroken and was
fully cooperating with the investigation
into "how this tragedy happened."
He retweeted a story from Variety magazine titled "Alec Baldwin was told prop gun was safe prior to fatal shooting, according to affidavit" .- "Super unsafe" -The gun used, and two others, were provided by the film's weapons master,
, 24 and daughter of Thell Reed, a longtime gunsmith in the motion picture industry.
In a September podcast, the young Gutierrez-Reed said she had some trepidation about taking on the role of lead gunsmith for the first time in the previous movie she worked on, 'The Old Way.'
I was very nervous
at first and I almost didn't take the job because I wasn't sure I was ready," she said on the "Voces del Oeste" podcast, before adding: "But doing it, everything went very well." Halls and Gutiérrez- Reed could not immediately be reached for comment.
said in a statement Friday that the case is in its preliminary stages, adding: "At this time, we do not know if charges will be filed."
Los Angeles Times
, citing anonymous sources, reported that there had been
at least three failures in the prop pistol
prior to the fatal accident, and that some members of the team had protested the working conditions.
The newspaper reported that at least one camera operator had sent a message to a production manager, saying: "There have already been three accidental discharges.
This is super unsafe
Rust Movie Productions said in a statement that it had not been aware of
any "official complaints"
but that it would "continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities."
It said it was also conducting an internal review.
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