Alec Baldwin was pointing at the camera when the gun was fired: Affadavit

“Alec sitting on a bench in a church building, and he was practicing a cross drawing”

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SANTA FE – Alec Baldwin was running a revolver through his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of “Rust” when the gun fired and struck the cinematographer in the chest, according to an affidavit released Sunday.

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The affidavit provided additional details about Thursday’s accidental shooting in New Mexico that killed Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza. Baldwin had been handed the backup pistol and told it was unloaded, Santa Fe authorities said in court documents.

“Joel said they had Alec sitting on a bench in a church building and he was practicing a cross drawing. Joel said he was looking over (Hutchins) shoulder, when he heard what sounded like a whip and then a loud bang, ”the affidavit read.

Hutchins was shot in the chest area, according to the document.

“Then Joel vaguely remembers (Hutchins) complaining about his stomach and grabbing his waist. Joel also said that (Hutchins) started tripping backwards and they helped her down to the ground, ”the affidavit added.

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Candles are placed around a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil held in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Hutchins was killed on set while filming the movie
Candles are placed around a photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil held in her honor at Albuquerque Civic Plaza on October 23, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hutchins was killed on set while filming the movie “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 21, 2021. (Photo by Sam Wasson / Getty Images)

Hutchins said she couldn’t feel her legs, Reid Russel, a cameraman who was with her at the time of the shooting, told authorities.

A distraught Baldwin, 63, was photographed Saturday outside a hotel in Santa Fe hugging and talking with Matt Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, and their nine-year-old son.

In a statement read at a candlelight vigil Saturday, Hutchins called his wife’s death “a huge loss.”

No one has been charged in the fatal incident during a trial Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe as the sheriff’s office continues its investigation.

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Various media and social media reports have raised concerns about security protocols on the set of the low-budget film. Both Souza and Russel described an outing by a camera crew before the accident.

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“Reid said the camera crew was having problems with production related to payment and housing,” the affidavit reads, adding that Russel had said six people had left.

Serge Svetnoy, “Rust’s” chief electrician, said in a Facebook post Sunday that he had held Hutchins in his arms as she lay dying and blamed “negligence and unprofessionalism” for her death.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, citing unidentified sources related to the production, said the weapon delivered to Baldwin had previously been used by crew members for target practice with live bullets.

Reuters was unable to verify the report and Santa Fe police did not respond to questions on Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, more than a week ago, Baldwin’s stuntman accidentally fired two rounds from a prop firearm after being told it was “cold,” an industry term that means a weapon is not It is loaded with ammunition, including blanks.

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Rust Movie Productions said last week that while “they were not informed of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will conduct an internal review of our procedures while production is closed.”

According to court documents, the film’s assistant director Dave Halls, who has more than 20 years of experience in the business, turned the prop gun over to Baldwin.

Halls did not respond to requests for comment Sunday. Also participating in the sheriff’s investigation is the film’s chief gunsmith, Hannah Gutiérrez. She could not be reached for comment.

About 200 people participated in the vigil for Hutchins in Albuquerque on Saturday. While organizers emphasized that the event was to honor Hutchins’ memory, rather than focus on her death, some in the crowd carried signs that read “Safety on Set.”

A second vigil was held in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, where a few hundred people cried in a private parking lot, according to a Reuters photographer.

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