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Alec Baldwin shooting: “Rust” crew allegedly used live ammunition guns hours before fatal incident on set

One of the weapons used was then handed over to actor Alec Baldwin, who fired the shot that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, reported The Wrap.

“There’s this hobby that the crew members sometimes do, it’s called ‘plinking’, and they go into rural areas and they shoot beer cans. It’s with live ammunition. learned that this happened on the morning of the day Halyna Hutchins was killed, ”Waxman said.

Waxman told CNN that “plinking” is common when there is downtime during a shoot.

CNN was unable to confirm The Wrap’s report.

Asked by The Wrap for comment on this report, the producers of “Rust” referred to their previous statement sent to media outlets, including CNN: “The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and all people associated with the company. While we have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is down. to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and provision of mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time. “

The incident happened Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Souza, who sustained a shoulder injury, told investigators the propeller pistol exploded as Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.

Souza spoke to investigators on Friday, according to the affidavit released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

Souza told them that Baldwin was “sitting on a bench in a church building and practicing a cross-draw,” the affidavit said. A cross draw occurs when a shooter pulls the gun out of a holster on the opposite side of the body from the shooting hand.

Souza was looking over Hutchins’ shoulder “when he heard what sounded like a whip, then a loud noise,” according to the affidavit.

Souza also confirmed to an investigator that he heard the term “cold weapon” on the set, meaning the gun should have been empty.

Alec Baldwin shooting: “Rust” crew allegedly used live ammunition guns hours before fatal incident on set

According to the warrant, Souza said three people handled the guns for scenes – they were checked by the gunsmith and first assistant director, then handed over to the actor who used them.

The investigator said Souza was not aware that anyone on set was checked to see if they had live ammunition on them before or after the scenes were filmed.

“The only thing checked are the guns to prevent live ammunition from there. Joel (Souza) said there should never be any live ammunition near or around the scene,” said affidavit.

Representatives for Souza did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.

No charges have been laid. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said it would discuss the case further at a press conference on Wednesday.

Previous incidents reported on the board

There were at least two accidental firearms discharges on the “Rust” set in the days leading up to the fatal shooting, according to multiple reports.

The shocks took place on October 16, when crew members accidentally fired two shots after learning the weapon was “cold,” the Los Angeles Times reported, citing two crew members who allegedly witnessed the shooting. the incident. It was not known whether the discharges included live ammunition. No one was injured in the accidental discharges, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Alec Baldwin shooting: “Rust” crew allegedly used live ammunition guns hours before fatal incident on set

The gunsmith who prepared the propeller pistol used by Baldwin on Thursday was identified in search warrant documents as Hannah Gutierrez. She had recently completed work on her first project as chief gunsmith, she said in a podcast interview in September.

“I was really nervous at first,” Gutierrez said of his work as chief gunsmith on the set of “The Old Way”, with Nicolas Cage.

“I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure I was ready, but did it, like it had gone really well,” she said in an interview on the podcast. “Voices of the West”, dedicated to the old west.

Her job as a gunsmith ranges from teaching actors about wearing a gun belt, aiming and shooting, she said.


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