Alec Baldwin’s Firearms Tragedy

| October 22, 2021

Alec Baldwin shot two people, one of them fatally, with a prop gun on the New Mexico set of his latest movie, authorities said Thursday evening.

“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” a production spokesperson with the film “Rust” told Deadline.

In a statement shared with numerous news outlets, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Mr. Baldwin was the person who pulled the trigger in the incident at the Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Report: Tearful Alec Baldwin Asked Why was I Handed a ‘Hot Gun’ Following Fatal Shooting on Film Set

ALANA MASTRANGELO

Alec Baldwin reportedly asked why was he given a “hot gun” after he accidentally fatally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and injured director Joel Souza, on the set of the upcoming Western, Rust, in New Mexico on Thursday.

Eyewitnesses say Baldwin repeatedly asked why he was handed a “hot gun,” according to a report by Showbiz411. Authorities are investigating after confirming that a prop firearm discharged by actor Alec Baldwin, while producing and starring in a Western movie, killed the cinematographer and wounded the director.

“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” the 63-year-old actor said on the ground of the Santa Fe movie set, according to witnesses, who added that Baldwin appeared in shock, but remained composed.

A witness told Showbiz411 that the bullet went straight through the body of 42-year-old Hutchins, who was the film’s director of photography, and then into the clavicle of 48-year-old Souza, the movie’s director.

The set was then immediately locked down, and Hutchins and Souza were sent straight to a hospital.

“He had no idea how badly they were hurt or Halyna was dead,” the source added.

Breitbart

The investigation and reporting are all about the loaded firearm- the gun control ghouls are already dancing in the blood of the innocents.

The ultimate responsibility lies with the person in possession of the weapon. Had Baldwin taken any NRA sanctioned firearms safety course this tragedy could have been averted.

The incident appears in comments on several posts today. Now a stand-alone post by popular demand, keep it civil. One dead, another maimed, and lives forever changed due to a negligent firearms discharge is not a time to gloat. We are not like the ghouls. Condolences to the family and friends of Halyna Hutchins, and a swift recovery for Joel Souza.

If you are going to handle firearms get training.

Category: Guns, Hollywood, Reality Check

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rgr769

According to the latest information the above NY Post article, Baldwin was rehearsing a scene using a supposedly “cold gun.” In movie lingo, a “cold gun” is one that is completely unloaded, empty of any cartridge, including blanks. Now, we still don’t know how may “beans” were in the “wheel.” As, I have said in prior comments, it is obvious if cartridges, even blanks, are loaded in the SAA revolver because the brass rims are… Read more »

SFC D

Rehearsing could have been done anywhere on the set, not necessarily aimed at the camera. I’m willing to bet that the cinematographer could’ve locked the camera in place, place Alec on his designated mark, and then move away from the line of fire. Cameras can be replaced. Better to make an expensive mistake than a fatal one.

rgr769

I suspect this was not a full-on rehearsal, but what is called “blocking,” where the actor and the camera people simulate the shots and where the actor goes through his positions and movements for the shot. Supposedly, Baldwin was to be practicing drawing the pistol from his holster, cocking, and dry firing it in the direction of the camera. That is why he was supposed to have an empty gun. I imagine this was a… Read more »

MI Ranger

All well and good but not from a cinematographic sense. They were trying to ensure they got the right shot. None of the cameras were rolling. Why his finger was even on the trigger is the biggest question! Some things to note as more information becomes available: – Baldwin (as the Producer) was going cheap on everything to include very inexperienced Armorers (non-union, inexperienced, young). – They had already had two other negligent discharges on… Read more »

rgr769

In answer to your question about why he had his finger on the trigger: At some point, Baldwin had to have the motor skills and muscle memory to cock and fire blanks with this single action pistol. So, he was likely practicing drawing and dry firing it at the same they were blocking the camera shots. Obviously, this would save time and money. It could have been done safely if the people who handled this… Read more »

rgr769

That is “live round.” Eff auto=correct.

rgr769

I should also add, for those unfamiliar with Cowboy Action Shooting, that part of the reason no one to my knowledge has been shot at many hundreds or thousands of cowboy matches, is the stringent safety rules. For example, one is not allowed to move with a loaded pistol to the shooting line unless it is holstered with the hammer down on an empty chamber. Also, when one is done shooting, he or she moves… Read more »

rgr769

In examining one of my SAA Colts, I just figured out how this ND shooting could have occurred. If the subject revolver had a single live round left in the cylinder and it was resting in the bottom position of the cylinder, but all the other chambers were empty, the gun would appear unloaded without close scrutiny from the side of the gun. If placed on the cart with two like pistols loaded with blanks… Read more »

Poetrooper

According to Reuters, Baldwin was practicing quick/cross draws when he shot the cinematographer:

https://www.reuters.com/world/us/alec-baldwin-seen-consoling-family-slain-cinematographer-set-problems-mount-2021-10-24/

All the more reason to personally check the gun before he started practicing.

rgr769

He likely thought he was too important to check his own “prop.”

Poetrooper

Quote from the young, inexperienced armorer: “Reed also said on the podcast that “‘loading blanks'” into a prop gun is the “‘scariest thing to me.'” https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/rust-film-armorer-hannah-gutierrez-reed-landlady-arizona And this: “‘You have to like look at the front of it and determine which one is the blank if it’s dummied up. That’s how I tell at least,'” she explained. “‘Every movie I’m learning new and new things — it’s all very quick.'” Plaintiff lawyers are gonna LOVE… Read more »

rgr769

Yes, the plaintiffs’ attorneys will have a field day with her comments. At first, I thought maybe a reporter misstated what she said, but this was her recorded comments about a job she appears not competent to handle. There is nothing dangerous about loading blank cartridges in a revolver or any other gun. They are considerably less dangerous than dealing with real ammunition. For over 40 years reenactors have been using blanks and shooting them… Read more »

Poetrooper

That term “scariest” certainly isn’t the language of a confident professional, is it?

rgr769

I think her true calling and skill set involves a stage, but one with a pole.

Poetrooper
MarineDad61

POOF.
Website for Bonanza Creek Ranch.
https://bonanzacreekranch.com/

MarineDad61

Yes, We Have NO Bonanza.
(The Three Stooges (1939)) (16:10)

This short is an old west bad boss story.

Hack Stone

They must be in the Witness Protection Program. Baldwin is big donor to the Democrat Party, maybe Hillary invited the crew members to a midnight picnic at Fort Marcey Park.

MarineDad61

Comment #200. The pile ‘o shit is growing on the young armorer. Safety Related. Again. And NOT in a good way. Again. $50,000 insurance payout, from HER policy. [The 24-year-old former model allegedly told police she saw Dyer and Butcher drink four to five beers each at the party, but still gave her boyfriend — who was already on probation for a DUI — the keys to her own motorcycle so the two men could… Read more »

rgr769

Welp, we knew this woman was shot with a lead .45 long colt bullet, which was recovered from the shoulder of the director standing behind the camera lady, after the bullet diagonally traversed her torso and exited the woman’s back. The pistol was, as I predicted, an Italian made copy of a Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army. There were at least two of them on the set, as there is a photo of the… Read more »

MarineDad61

Q – So, what does someone do, 1 week after accidentally
shooting someone to death in the desert of New Mexico?

A – Go shopping in the Cadillac Escalade, 2,100 miles away,
at the Neiman Marcus in Manchester, Vermont.
https://nypost.com/2021/10/29/alec-baldwin-seen-exchanging-clothes-at-ralph-lauren-amid-rust-investigation/

rgr769

You didn’t really think he was going to lie low, grieving over the fact he he fired a .45 slug through his camerawoman honcho and into his director, did you? He has been an arrogant a-hole his entire adult life, anyway since he starred in a few movies or TV shows. This shooting would have been prevented if any of the three had performed three simple moves that everyone who has ever handled and loaded… Read more »

MarineDad61

rgr769,
More than most in Hollywood,
I am actually looking forward to seeing his mugshot
wearing an off the (jail) rack orange jumpsuit.

Hack Stone

John Landis escaped any significant punishment from his negligence on the set of The Twilight Zone, and he was responsible for the death of three people, two of them being children. Hollywood has a habit of closing ranks to protect the elite. They even give convicted child rapist Roman Polanski standing ovations.

MarineDad61

Hack Stone,
Yep, for over 100 years,
back to the hey day of silent movies.
You name it, silent movie producers, directors, and actors did it.

rgr769

Likely won’t happen, but I would like to be a fly on the wall when Alec has the “who gonna be da wife” discussion with his 300 pound cellmate.

MarineDad61

Oh oh.
Digging more holes.
Alec B (with nodding wifey) live on TV today.

If you watch this, that’s 6 minutes you never get back.
Just so you’re warned.

KoB

And having a romantic dinner in a place that was closed to the public so she can heal his PTSofD…cause, “he’s like a soldier now”

GMAFB

MarineDad61

KoB,
Cucumber phony wifey in action…..

rgr769

Fortunately, I heard it on the car radio, so I didn’t have to see his obnoxious mug. If one is going to act in movies that are full of gunplay, we would think the actors would want to learn something about guns, but not this douche canoe. IMHO, most actors are a bunch of pussies anyway.

MarineDad61

rgr769, Of the handful of males out of my high school (6 years during the 70s) who went into acting, 100% of them are either publicly out of the closet today, or dead from AIDS. 1 of them even went on the TV show “The Amazing Race” (as a male couple, of course), and really embarrassed themselves, as morons, and it appears to have affected his Hollywood employment, which dried up within 1½ years. Not… Read more »

rgr769

I think I saw that season with the the two gay lover competitors.

MarineDad61

rgr769,
The guy on the left was in my Boy Scout troop,
5 years older.
His Hollywood name is reversed,
1st name is Joe.

rgr769

Woulda been better if they were wearing that set of tees that said: “Goofy” and “I’m fucking Goofy.”

MarineDad61

Oh oh.
Trouble in pair o’ dice.
The WHOLE roadside video, uninterrupted by news talk faces.

Watch the wifey act like she has anything to say or add…
and then watch how Alec responds to/at his wifey.
In English. No Spanish.

“well oiled machine”???

[Alec Baldwin Doubts ‘Rust’ Will Continue … After Halyna Hutchins’ Death]
https://www.tmz.com/2021/10/30/alec-baldwin-speaks-first-time-on-camera-halyna-hutchins/

MarineDad61

(correction) –
“.. very very well oiled crew, shooting a film together…”

KoB

Well oiled ’cause baldwin is such a greasy, slimy, mofo.