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A young woman who worked in the props department on the set of Rust ‘shot her self in the foot’ after a weapon accidentally went off.

The round was blank and it is not known if she suffered any serious injury as a result of the firing.  

But the incident is one of a number of accidental discharges of weapons that went off on set in the days prior to Alec Baldwin‘s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

A young woman who worked in the props department on the set of Rust 'shot her self in the foot' after a weapon accidentally went off. It came in the days before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed after a gun was accidentally discharged by actor Alec Baldwin

A young woman who worked in the props department on the set of Rust ‘shot her self in the foot’ after a weapon accidentally went off. It came in the days before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed after a gun was accidentally discharged by actor Alec Baldwin

The prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, but it appears that there had been several incidents in the days leading up to the fatal shooting

The prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, but it appears that there had been several incidents in the days leading up to the fatal shooting

Crew members have said weapons were accidentally fired three times.

Apart from the woman from the props department, Baldwin’s stunt double also  accidentally fired a blank. He had likewise been told that his gun was ‘cold’ just as Baldwin had.

The term means there was no live ammunition in the firearm. 

The details have been revealed in a report by the Los Angeles Times which has attempted to detail the events leading up to Hutchins tragic death with the help of Lane Luper, the A-camera first assistant.

‘It always felt like the budget was more important than crew members,’ Luper said. ‘Every thing was about the schedule and the budget.

‘So far there have been 2 accidental weapons discharges and 1 accidental SFX explosives that have gone off around the crew between takes… To be clear there are NO safety meetings these days,’ Luper said in a resignation email, sent one day before Badwin’s fatal shot.

‘There have been NO explanations as to what to expect for these shots. When anyone from production is asked we are usually met with the same answers about not having enough time to complete the day if we rehearse or that ‘this is a 21 day shoot.

‘In my 10 years as a camera assistant I’ve never worked on a show that cares so little for the safety of its crew,’ Luper said in her email which was seen by NBC News. 

Much of the blame for the death on set has been directed towards Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer who oversaw the prop weapons used on the Rust movie set

Much of the blame for the death on set has been directed towards Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer who oversaw the prop weapons used on the Rust movie set

The reports of accidental firings tally with what the lawyers of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, the armorer who oversaw the prop weapons used on the Rust movie set, had told Fox News. 

New Mexico-based lawyers Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence wrote in a statement that ‘safety is Hannah’s number one priority.’

She also detailed how two accidental discharges had occurred on the set. 

‘The first one on this set was the prop master and the second one was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks,’ they said.

The lawyers also attempted to move the blame of the death from armorer Gutierrez-Reed to a more general overview over the lack of resources that would have ensured the safety of those working on set.   

‘She fought for training, days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department.’ 

Alec B cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza, officials said. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP) - 10124999

Alec Baldwin is seen speaking on the phone in the hours after the October 21st shooting in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded

The LA Times report also reveals the haunting final words of Hutchins as she lay dying on the Santa Fe film set. 

‘That was no good. That was no good at all,’ Hutchins, 42, said seconds after she was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin before succumbing to her injuries. 

Hutchins’ last words came after lead actor Baldwin discharged a prop Colt .45 revolver that was supposed to be loaded with blanks but contained live ammunition. 

‘What the f**k just happened?’ Baldwin reportedly asked cast and crew members after the shot went off, and Hutchins suddenly stumbled back into head electrician Serge Svetnoy’s arms. Director Joel Souza also hit the deck after being grazed.   

The actor, perplexed by the incident, had been prepping for a scene that involved him drawing and firing the prop gun.

‘So,’ Baldwin said to Souza before firing the shot, ‘I guess I’m gonna take this out, pull it, and go, ‘Bang!’ 

'That was no good. That was no good at all,' the 42-year-old mother-of-two said seconds after she was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of indie Western Rust on October 21 before succumbing to her injuries

‘That was no good. That was no good at all,’ the 42-year-old mother-of-two said seconds after she was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the set of indie Western Rust on October 21 before succumbing to her injuries

The actor then drew the gun – which he had been assured was safe to use by the film’s first assistant director, David Halls, being told it was a ‘cold gun’ – and fired. 

But instead of a blank, a live bullet flew out of the barrel, fatally striking Hutchins in the chest, and exiting her body to also pierce Souza.

‘What the f*** was that? That burns!’ the director reportedly screamed during the ensuing confusion. 

Baldwin, shocked, then proceeded to put the gun down, cast members revealed, and looked at his two savaged colleagues.

‘What the f**k just happened?’ the actor repeated again.

Then, pandemonium ensued.

Serge Svetnoy, at left, has described the harrowing moment he held colleague Halyna Hutchins in his arms after she was accidentally shot by Alec Baldwin

Serge Svetnoy, at left, has described the harrowing moment he held colleague Halyna Hutchins in his arms after she was accidentally shot by Alec Baldwin

'What the f**k just happened?' Baldwin reportedly asked cast and crew members after the shot went off, and Hutchins suddenly stumbled back into head electrician Serge Svetnoy's arms

‘What the f**k just happened?’ Baldwin reportedly asked cast and crew members after the shot went off, and Hutchins suddenly stumbled back into head electrician Serge Svetnoy’s arms

The incident took place on set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in the desert just outside Santa Fe

The incident took place on set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in the desert just outside Santa Fe

‘Medic!’ someone on the set screamed, The Times Reported, as staffers gathered around Hutchins, who was carefully set to the ground by Svetnoy and was bleeding profusely from her chest.

‘I can’t feel my legs,’ the cinematographer told Svetnoy.

Cast and crew members struggled to stop the bleeding.

At this point, the Times reveals, Hutchins, still conscious at the time, looked up at one of the staffers trying to save her, a boom operator.

‘Oh, that was no good,’ the sound guy said, taking in the severity of his colleague’s injury.

‘No,’ Hutchins replied, knowingly. ‘That was no good. That was no good at all.’

The cinematographer succumbed to her wounds mere hours later.

Alec and his wife, Hilaria, spoke to reporters about the incident for the first time Saturday during an impromptu roadside press conference on Saturday (pictured)

Alec and his wife, Hilaria, spoke to reporters about the incident for the first time Saturday during an impromptu roadside press conference on Saturday (pictured)

On Monday, the assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the gun loaded with live ammunition spoke out for the first time.

In a statement addressing the October 21 shooting, David Halls called Hutchins his ‘friend’ and asked the industry to ‘reevaluate’ its values. 

‘I’m shocked and saddened by her death,’ Halls said. ‘It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.’ 

‘Halyna Hutchins was not just one of the most talented people I’ve worked with, but also a friend,’ he added. 

Despite breaking his silence, the assistant director failed to address reports that he was one of the three people to handle the loaded gun before the tragic accident that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. 

Rust assistant director David Halls issued his first statement since the October 21 shooting in the Santa Fe filming set that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza

Rust assistant director David Halls issued his first statement since the October 21 shooting in the Santa Fe filming set that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza

 Search warrants reveal that Halls, and everyone else on the set, was unaware the gun he handed Baldwin contained live ammunition. 

Halls had reportedly declared it a ‘cold’ weapon, meaning it was loaded only with blanks, without having checked all the rounds in the gun barrel. 

Souza told Santa Fe police that Halls was supposed to check that  the gun was unloaded before handing it to Baldwin, but couldn’t recall if he had done it. 

‘He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she [Gutierrez-Reed] spun the drum,’ court papers read. 

Gun that went off in Alec Baldwin’s hands and claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins was used for off-set target practice by crew members and live ammo and blanks were stored together, sources say 

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol

The gun that killed the cinematographer on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust had been used for target practice by crew members, sources linked to the western film’s production said. 

Multiple sources connected to the set of Rust told TMZ that the same Colt pistol that went off in Alec Baldwin’s hands, killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, had been used recreationally by crew members. 

The sources claim that some crew members would go off for target practice using real bullets, and some believe a live round from those practice sessions found its way onto the set. 

Another source told TMZ that live ammo and blanks were being stored in the same area on set, offering another possible explanation as to how a bullet was fired from Baldwin’s Colt.  

A search warrant released Friday said that Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, had laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the Colt from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds. 

‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said. 

Seconds later, filming a scene inside an Old West-style church, Baldwin apparently aimed towards the camera and pulled the trigger, accidentally killing Hutchins as she filmed him, and injuring Souza, who stood behind her. 

Two production sources who previously worked with Gutierrez-Reed said this was not the first time she was involved in an incident on a movie set. 

The two sources told The Daily Beast that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had allegedly given an 11-year-old actress a gun without checking it properly while on the set of the Nicholas Cage film, The Old Way. 

‘There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe,’ one of the sources said.

‘She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again.’  

Sources on the Rust set have said the fatal incident that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured Souza, 48, was a result of production failings from top to bottom. 

They added that assistant director Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin and told him it was safe, should have checked the weapon. 

‘He’s supposed to be our last line of defense and he failed us,’ one of the sources on set said. ‘He’s the last person that’s supposed to look at that firearm.’

A Rust production source told The Daily Beast that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being accidentally discharged by other crewmember on set before Thursday’s tragic incident. 

The source described Gutierrez-Reed as ‘inexperienced and green.’ 



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