June 27, 2022
Alec Baldwin was informed that the prop gun was safe prior to fatal shooting. An affidavit states
Alec Baldwin didn't know the prop gun that he fired was loaded with live ammunition and neither did the assistant director who handed it to him before the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set Thursday, a search warrant document says.The assistant director yelled "cold gun" before the shooting that killed…

Alec Baldwin did not know that the prop guns he fired was loaded in live ammunition. The assistant director gave it to him before the fatal shooting of a New Mexico cinematographer, according to a search warrant document.

The assistant director yelled “cold gun” before the shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins, 42, and wounded director Joel Souza on the set of “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch, according to an affidavit filed in a Santa Fe court. According to a document obtained by NBC affiliate KOB in Albuquerque, and other news outlets, the term “cold guns” was used to indicate that the weapon didn’t have any live rounds.

The court document states that the assistant director didn’t know there were live rounds in the prop gun. This was written by the Santa Fe County sheriff’s detective. According to the court document, it was one of three guns that were on a cart that had been set-up by an armorer. The armorer and the assistant director didn’t immediately respond to a request to comment on Friday.

Security guards stand near the entrance to Bonanza Creek Ranch where Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and wounded a director when he discharged a prop gun on the movie set of the film “Rust” in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 22, 2021. Adria Malcolm / Reuters

Baldwin, 63, on Friday said that he was heartbroken and fully cooperating in the investigation.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin tweeted.

No charges have been brought in this case. The search warrant document was issued by authorities to collect video, photographs, firearms and other evidence. Mary Carmack-Altwies, First Judicial District Attorney, stated Friday that the case remains in its preliminary stage of investigation.

Audio released Friday from a 911 call shows someone reported that two people had been shot by a prop gun on the set.

” We were practicing, when the gun went off and we ran out. The caller said that everyone ran. They were all doubled over, the AD, the camerawoman, as well as the director. “

Hutchins was flown by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Souza was transported by ambulance to a hospital. She has since been released.

According to the search warrant document, Hutchins was hit in the chest while Souza was struck in her shoulder.

The prop gun involved in Thursday’s shooting had failed before, sources who were familiar with the situation informed NBC News on Friday.

Several crew members walked off the set hours before shooting due to safety concerns, sources claimed.

Rust Productions, the production company, stated that it wasn’t aware of any complaints regarding weapon or prop safety, but promised an internal review.

Hutchins is a rising star.

Her husband Matt said the loss was devastating and requested privacy to help the family grieve. He stated that he had spoken to Baldwin and that he was very supportive.

“Halyna was an inspiration to us all, and her vision and passion are too precious to be able to describe in words,” Matt Hutchins tweeted on Friday night.

The shooting stunned the entertainment world, with many asking how such a tragedy was possible. Some compared it to the 1993 death of “The Crow” star Brandon Lee, who was killed with a prop gun almost 30 years ago.

Thursday’s on-set shooting has prompted at least one other production to end the use of weapons that could potentially carry live ammunition.

The ABC police drama “The Rookie,” said that it will not use “live” weapons and instead use airsoft guns. Later, the muzzle flashes can be added with computers. Plastic pellets can be fired by airsoft guns.

“Any risk is too much risk,” showrunner Alexi Hawley wrote in a memo to staff, the contents of which were confirmed by network representatives.

Phil Helsel is a reporter for NBC News.

Diana Dasrath

Diana Dasrath is entertainment producer and senior reporter for NBC News covering all platforms.

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