More coming out about the tragedy on set of the Alec Baldwin movie. The gun handed to Alec on the set of Rust was declared safe by the assistant director, according to an affidavit filed by the Santa Fe County’s Sheriff’s Office. The AD shouted “cold gun” on set, meaning the prop was safe to use and did not contain live ammo. However, when Baldwin pulled the trigger, it fired a projectile that fatally struck cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest and hit director Joel Souza’s shoulder.

The gun was used by crew members that morning for live-ammunition target practice. A number of crew members had taken prop guns from the set — including the gun that killed Hutchins — to shoot at beer cans. The shooting happened just a few hours later, when Baldwin discharged a revolver after first assistant director David Halls confirmed it had no live ammo. He had grabbed one of three prop guns set up by armorer Hannah Gutierrez. Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the film and “pointing the revolver towards the camera lens” when it hit Souza and Hutchins. Several members of the film’s camera crew had walked off the set earlier that day after complaining safety inspections were NOT being strictly followed, and about housing, pay and working conditions. Producers scrambled to find a new crew, who may have been inexperienced.

No charges have been filed in the incident, which took place Thursday night.

Other shows are taking this as a lesson as well and banning live weapons on their sets. The Boys and The Rookie are two shows that will only use Airsoft guns.



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