Fatal Shooting On Set of "Rust"

Updated: Jan 28

63-year-old actor, Alec Baldwin is facing an investigation after a gun was fired on set. The gun, which was deemed “cold,” fatally wounded one and injured another.


Baldwin was practicing aiming the gun at the camera during rehearsal for the movie “Rust” when director Joel Souza heard “what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop,” according to a search warrant. Souza was told that the gun did not have any rounds. The gun discharged and hit cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in her chest and Souza in his right shoulder.


Souza said that when the gun fired, he was looking over Hutchins’ shoulder. Hutchins grabbed herself, stumbled backward, and was helped to the ground.


Russell recalled hearing a loud bang, seeing a bloody Souza, and hearing Hutchins say “she couldn’t feel her legs.”


Hutchins was pronounced dead at an Albuquerque hospital.

(Photo/Jim Weber/The New Mexican)


Souza said that there were only three people who held the gun for the scene, Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, and then assistant director Dave Halls.

Due to COVID-19 protocol, Reed had set up three different prop guns on a cart on the Bonanza Creek Ranch’s church set. Halls did not know that live rounds were in the gun when he handed it to Baldwin.

Halls has previously been fired from a set because of a similar accident. He was serving as assistant director on another film, “Freedom’s Path,” when a gun “unexpectedly discharged” on set. A sound crew member recoiled from the blast and caused production to halt. Following the incident, Halls was removed from the set and fired from production.

Team members expressed frustrations over the 911 calls, as it was Halls’ responsibility to check the guns for live rounds.

Current production of “Rust” has been halted “at least until the investigations are complete.” The investigation is ongoing and there have been no charges as of the last update.

Last Updated: 10/21/2021 at 4:30 PM


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