Separate misfires occurred days before Baldwin accident, film crew says
Thursday's disaster, in which Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun and killed the cameraman while filming Rust, was not the first time a firearm had misfired on the set in New Mexico, according to the crew.
Gun inspections and other safety concerns were below industry standards, Los Angeles Times sources said, and two gun misfires reportedly occurred Saturday.
According to crew members on the set on Saturday, Baldwin's stunt double accidentally fired two shots despite being told the gun was "cold," a word meant to mean there was no ammunition in the gun.
"It should have been investigated what happened," a crew member told the newspaper. “There were no safety briefings. There was no certainty that it would not happen again. They just wanted to hurry, hurry, hurry. "
A crew member sent a text message to the unit's production manager. "We have now had 3 accidental discharges. This is very unsafe," the message said.
URGENT ASK FOR HELP IN 911 CALL AFTER THE SHOOTING WITH ALEC BALDWIN PROP DETECTED
"The safety of our cast and crew is a top priority for Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company," Rust Movie Productions said in a statement. "While we have not been made aware of any official complaints about the safety of any guns or props on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production ceases. We will continue to work with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and provide psychological services to the cast and crew during this tragic time. "
In the hours leading up to Thursday's fatal shooting, members of the camera crew left the set in protest of the production's safety and poor working conditions for the film, which credits Baldwin as both actor and producer.
"They did everything they could to save a nickel at all costs," a source told the Daily Beast. “They put everyone at risk in one way or another, be it hiring less qualified people to handle firearms or the constant struggle to find adequate housing. In all of my years that I've done this, this is one of the worst productions I've been on. "
The person responsible for prop firing on the day of the fatal shooting was an armorer named Hannah Gutierrez Reed, according to a bulletin for the Wall Street Journal-reviewed film. Reed, 24, had recently worked as head armor on Nicholas Cage's film The Old Way. She was a head armor for the first time, although her father was well known in the industry and trained her in firearms and props from an early age.
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Halyna Hutchins, the camerawoman, was shot in the chest and director Joel Souza was struck in the shoulder in the shooting accident on Thursday.
Hutchins, 42, was blown and transported to the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque. She died of her wounds that same day. Souza, 48, is reportedly on a full recovery and was discharged from a separate hospital on Thursday.
Law enforcement is conducting an investigation. No charges were brought in connection with the shootings until Friday evening.
A search warrant affidavit said the Assistant Director handed Baldwin the prop gun, yelled "cold gun," and then Baldwin fired the gun.
"There are no words to express my shock and grief over the tragic accident in which Halyna Hutchins, a woman, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours, lost her life," Baldwin tweeted on Friday. "I am fully cooperating with the police investigation into how this tragedy came about and I am in contact with her husband and offer my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, her son and everyone who knew and "loved Halyna."
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