How Alec Baldwin's deadly prop-gun shooting on the 'Rust' set unfolded, according to witnesses

This aerial photo shows Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, Saturday, October 23, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun and killed the cameraman on the set of a western filmed at the ranch on Thursday, October 21, 2021 officials said.
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Police documents revealed eyewitness accounts of the fatal incident involving a prop gun on the set of Alec Baldwin's new film, Rust.
Director Joel Souza and cameraman Reid Russel described the shootout in which camerawoman Halyna Hutchens, the police, was killed.
Neither Souza nor Russell were certain that the gun would be checked for a live round after the crew returned for lunch.
Eyewitness accounts from the set of "Rust" explain how the deadly shootout played out on the set.
Director Joel Souza and cinematographer Reid Russel both spoke to law enforcement after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on set, wounding Souza and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Souza described the day as a later start because members of the camera team had left in protest that morning.
The production had to find new crew members to film that day, Souza told police.
Souza explained that filming was taking place during a rehearsal, so no cameras were on. The scene took place in a church with Alec Baldwin sitting in a wooden pew.
According to Souza, the weapon Baldwin was practicing was not loaded.
The team then took a lunch break. Upon returning to the scene, Souza said he was not sure the firearm was checked again for a live round.
According to a search warrant, Assistant Director Dave Halls gave Baldwin the gun and yelled it was a "cold gun," meaning there were no live rounds in the prop.
Baldwin returned to his bank practicing his "cross draw" when Souza heard what he called "a whip and then a loud crack."
Hutchins "then started stumbling backwards" and grabbed her middle, Souza said. Then he noticed blood on Hutchins and on himself, coming off his shoulder.
Russell's report that morning matched Souza's, and he wasn't sure whether the gun would be checked for a live round after lunch.
While Baldwin was rehearsing, Russel said he heard a loud bang.
Russel noticed blood on Souza and heard Hutchins say that she "couldn't feel her legs" according to the warrant.
A team of medical professionals began treating Hutchins on the set. She was later taken to a nearby hospital but died of her injuries.
Russell said he wasn't sure why the gun was fired.
He also noted that Baldwin was extra careful when using props on set. While filming an earlier scene, Baldwin made sure there were no children around before firing a gun.
There were no arrests in the fatal incident.
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