Alec Baldwin speaking at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, for "The Boss Baby", at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. / Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Actor and Director Alec Baldwin accidentally killed one woman and injured a man with a prop gun while on the set of his new film “Rust.” 

The shooting involved actor Alec Baldwin and a prop gun, the prop gun is alleged to have gone off only once and to have fired live ammunition. The round is alleged to have struck two individuals, the film’s director of photography Halyna Hutchins and Director Joel Souza. Halyna Hutchins was tragically confirmed to have been killed in the accidental shooting, Joel Souza was taken to the hospital but it appears now that he will survive. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s department is investigating this matter but no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. 

Alec Baldwin, members of the crew, and other actors are cooperating with the Sheriff’s department. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s department is likely investigating this as an accidental shooting but they are keeping the investigation under tight wraps. 

In a public statement Baldwin said “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.

This shooting is a tragedy, a young woman died while doing her job. Not only is this shooting a tragedy, but this shooting was entirely preventable. 

Here at FullMagNews we work with a lot of firearms, guns are regularly on set for shooting videos and we frequently take photos with firearms. When it comes to mixing cameras and guns some of the rules get bent when it comes to safety, but when this occurs other precautions are taken to ensure something like what happened with Alec Baldwin doesn’t.

Take this photo for example:

Photo Courtesy of Lucas Edmonds

When this photograph was taken the gun was clearly pointed in an unsafe direction, it was necessary to obtain this shot, but the gun was unloaded prior to taking this photo and the individual holding it was not only experienced with firearms but ensured that his finger was not on the trigger, the safety was on, and this individual personally cleared the gun prior to taking this photo. 

When we film episodes of Unloaded with Grace Boatright we take the precaution of removing ammunition from the room we are filming in. Accidental shootings occur as a result of negligence and stupidity, while filming we want to get good shots but that doesn’t mean removing safety from the equation. 

We can assume that safety of staff was not the highest priority for the film makers, this death was entirely preventable and several acts of negligence must have occurred for this to have happened on set. Someone on the props team probably loaded live ammunition into the prop gun, the prop gun was likely a real gun and not a prop, no one on the set cleared the gun prior to handing it over to Alec Baldwin, and Alec Baldwin did not clear this gun prior to doing the shot. These are the mistakes likely made for this accident to occur, we can’t say for sure until a full detailed summary comes out from either the creators of “Rust ” or the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department. 

The disconnect between Hollywood and the world of firearms is partially to blame for this incident. Alec Baldwin himself is no stranger to filming with guns but he certainly is no fan of them outside of these Hollywood sets. Had Baldwin at least been familiar with firearms he may have cleared the gun himself, if it comes out that he did clear the gun and the mistake was a member of the props team loading live ammunition into the firearm then this mistake is one that cost someone their life and put blood on an innocent man’s hands. 

A little boy will never see his mother again because of the mistakes that were made on set, that’s the real tragedy of all this. Someone should be held accountable for what happened, not because it was an accident but because it was a preventable accident. 

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Michael
Michael
1 month ago

This article asserts “Someone on the props team probably loaded live ammunition”. This gives the impression that there was actually a bullet in the gun. Virtually all other reports from the “lame stream media” so many gun enthusiasts love to deride, report that the gun was loaded with wax or paper, not “live ammunition” as the term is commonly understood. Unfortunately even that innocuous material can be fatal. But unless Full Mag News is privy to some unique source, to say that they gun was loaded with “live ammunition” sounds like “Fake News” to me

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

If one round looked a person and sounded another then it was a live round.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

“Killed” “wounded” The joys of auto correct.

JJH
JJH
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

There are all sorts of prop guns on set. Rubber guns that don’t work, old “demilled” guns that don’t work, and real guns that are not supposed to be loaded. These each have their used, some for background some for background shots and others for close shots. This idea that a wax bullet was put in a real gun is possible, but if this were the case Baldwin is still at fault for not clearing the gun. If it was a wax bullet, note that it still left the barrel and killed one person and then wounded another. Not sure about you but I would certainly call that live ammunition if it could be fired and could kill someone.

Disgusted
Disgusted
1 month ago

I can’t stand that piece of crap actor. Couldn’t have happened to a better person, but I wish it didn’t kill that mom and injure that other man. It just should not have happened!

Terry Jarvis
Terry Jarvis
1 month ago

I suppose Alec Baldwin isn’t responsible since he is of the (Hollywood Elite)! However he pulled the trigger! If you have a gun in your hand you’re responsible for where you point it and what’s in the chamber.

David Crounse
David Crounse
1 month ago

The truth is, Alec Baldwin is not smart. He hates guns yet uses guns in movies but clearly refused to learn about the safe handling of firearms. The organization he SO loves to vilify, the NRA, has numerous training programs for things like, wait for it, FIREARM SAFETY! Regardless of Baldwin’s intent, he failed to practice even the most fundamental rules of firearm safety and deserves to be prosecuted for his negligence.

Last edited 1 month ago by David Crounse
Dale Toney
Dale Toney
1 month ago

A gun grabber has no business touching a gun, period.

Jay Willingham
Jay Willingham
1 month ago

God help everyone affected by this terrible traqgedy.
The law has a principal called “res ipsa loquitur” which means “the thing speaks for itself”.
Did Mr. Baldwin personally examine the chamber or chambers of the weapon when he accepting physical possession it immediately before pulling the trigger?

Jobert
Jobert
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay Willingham

Jaya Willingham The other question that needs answering is: “Why was his finger on the trigger, while pointing the gun at a person he was “NOT” intending to shoot and yet he did shoot?” What I gleaned was he was told the “gun” was ready, he accepted it, didn’t clear the firearm, pointed it at a person, then STUPIDLY put his finger on the trigger and puled it, causing the discharge. Baldwin, in my opinion, has absolutely NO FIREARMS SMARTS at all. First rule concerning any firearm: It’s loaded, until you’ve unloaded it, 2nd rule: do not point the firearm at ANY person, unless you are going to protect yourself. 3rd rule: Keep your finger OFF the trigger until you are ready to shoot. Other’s may have different rules, but these are the ones passed down to me by my father and I have passed down to my children and grandchildren. It seems that Baldwin has absolutely NO understanding about firearm safety; and yet he preaches to us about what he just did, for us to not do that. Sorry for those who were affected by this incompetent’s fool actions.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
1 month ago

Maybe if Baldwin had spent less time vilifying the NRA for the last 40+ years, and had actually taken the NRA’s Gun Safety Course, he’d have known to follow the 4 Rules of Gun Safety.

The Head Armorer was new and inexperienced, and it’s rather obvious she wasn’t ready for this level of responsibility.

A tragedy, no matter what or who will be held responsible, all because no one followed those simple 4 little Rules of Gun Safety.

Arjay
Arjay
1 month ago

So, mr smart alec, how does it feel to KILL and wound TWO innocent people, with a GUN!! You STUPID ANTI-GUN IDIOT!!

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
1 month ago

It’s also came to light, that the Head Armorer was young and relatively unexperienced and expressed that she was scared of making mistakes. Obviously, someone did.

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