Rust shooting incident

accidental shooting resulting in the death of Halyna Hutchins

On October 21, 2021, a weapon used as a prop on a movie set in the United States, shot a projectile that killed one person.[1][2] Normally, scenes on film or TV where a gun is shot use blanks. Blanks make a bang and give off smoke, but fire no projectile (bullet).

The incident at the Rust movie set, in the ghost town Bonanza City, New Mexico, was not caught on camera.[3]

In July 2024, a trial is scheduled to start against Alec Baldwin; The trial date has not changed (as of May 25).[4] [5][6][7] Earlier (January 19, 2024) Baldwin was indicted with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Halyna Hutchins.[8] Earlier (and in 2023), criminal charges were made against Alec Baldwin, but the charges were were dropped later that year;[9][10][11] The charges of involuntary manslaughter were filed (or received by the court).[12][13][14][15][16][17]

In 2024, the armorer (Hannah Gutierrez Reed) got a prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months.[18] Earlier (March 2024), there was a verdict in the trial.[19][20][21][22] Criminal charges were made against her, in 2023;[10][11] The charges of involuntary manslaughter were filed (or received by the court).[12][13][14][15][16][17]

The death (in 2021) started a debate about working conditions in the film industry, and the use of real guns as props.

Background change

There have been reports[23] about workers not being satisfied with working conditions, "and [reports about low safety or] lax safety standards on the" movie set, media said.

The movie has a low budget,[23] of $6–7 million.[24][25]

The shooting change

Copy or replica of a Colt gun

During the incident, a gun with a caliber .45 barrel - was used as a prop;[26] The gun discharged, and the camera woman Halyna Hutchins was then seen to be bleeding; She later died. The director of the movie, Joel Souza was injured.

When that gun had been handed to Alec Baldwin, the assistant director said that the weapon was safe to use;[27] [Minutes or seconds] after that, the gun discharged while Baldwin was holding the gun.[26][27]

Pews in rows in a church

"In the commotion after the shooting [... the assistant director] found the weapon [...] on a church pew. He [... took the weapon] to [... the armorer] and told her to open it so he could see what was inside. There were at least four dummy bullet casings [... or cartridges and] one empty casing"; That is media's understanding after talking to the assistant director.[26]

The gun from the incident is a "a long-barreled [...] revolver"; It is an Italian [copy or] reproduction.[26]

Investigations and charges change

"After lunch, the film’s prop master" took the gun out of the safe and gave it to the armorer; That is what the armorer said to the police.[26] Later, the armorer showed[15] the prop weapon to the assistant director "before continuing rehearsal". Investigators say that the movie's assistant director had the prop weapon in his hands, before giving it to Alec Baldwin.

The district attorney of Santa Fe, says that they[28] know who loaded (or put cartridges in) the gun.[29]

In January 2023, criminal charges were made against Alec Baldwin and the armorer (Hannah Gutierrez Reed);[10][11] The charges of involuntary manslaughter were filed (or received by the court).[12][13][14]

The film's assistant director David Halls was charged with a misdemeanor: the negligent use of a deadly weapon; He told the court system that he is guilty; His punishment is six months of probation.[12] The plea deal was approved in March 2023.[30]

The incident [has been] under investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, and the First Judicial District Attorney (of New Mexico), and New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau.[16][31][32]

Movie directors, producers, production companies and lawsuit change

The movie director is Joel Souza (as of 2021); The producers of the movie are Alec Baldwin, Matt DelPiano, Ryan Donnell Smith, Anjul Nigam, Ryan Winterstern and Nathan Klingher.

The production companies (for the movie), are El Dorado Pictures, Cavalry Media, Thomasville Pictures, Brittany House Pictures, Short Porch Pictures.

An electrician that was on the movie set "has sued producers [...] and several crew members, [... saying that] negligence led to the [...] shooting", media said on November 10.[33]

The parents and sister of the victim who died, are suing (as of 2023) "the movie’s production company and others over her death."[34]

The insurance policy for the movie, has a limit of USD 6 million.[35]

The production of this Western movie was suspended. However, filming is supposed to continue in April 2023 (according to media that same month). That filming is supposed to be done in Montana.[36][37]

Related pages change

References change

  1. Gonzalez, Sandra (October 22, 2021). "Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm on movie set". CNN. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  2. Sheets, Megan (October 22, 2021). "Alec Baldwin's Rust co-star Jensen Ackles spoke about gun training days before set shooting". The Independent. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  3. Romero, Simon; Jacobs, Julia (October 24, 2021). "Alec Baldwin Was Rehearsing Pointing Gun at Camera, Affidavit Says". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
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  17. 17.0 17.1 Shafer, Ellise (October 22, 2021). "Alec Baldwin on Halyna Hutchins Death: 'There Are No Words to Convey My Shock and Sadness'". Variety. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  18. Retrieved 2024-04-15
  19. Retrieved 2024-03-07
  21. Madarang, Charisma (August 22, 2023). "'Rust' Armorer Trial Date Pushed Back to 2024". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 22, 2023. Retrieved August 22, 2023.
  22. Retrieved 2023-08-17
  23. 23.0 23.1 ‘Rust’ tragedy shines harsh light on economics of low-budget movies: ‘We can’t keep grinding people down’
  24. D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 23, 2021). "'Rust' Director Joel Souza 'Gutted By The Loss' Of DP Halyna Hutchins Following Tragedy On Alec Baldwin Western". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 23, 2021. We understand that the $7M production of Rust was 50% completed at the time of the tragic incident.
  25. Andreeva, Nellie (October 25, 2021). "Hollywood Studios Reviewing Gun Safety Protocols Following Fatal 'Rust' Shooting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 26, 2021. Rust had the budget of an average episode of a high-end drama series, about $6 million-$7 million, and a tight 21-day filming schedule.
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  27. 27.0 27.1 "Alec Baldwin told gun was safe before fatal shooting - court records". BBC News. 2021-10-23. Retrieved 2021-10-24.
  28. "She declined to say who loaded the gun, but confirmed that they knew who did". Retrieved 10 November 2021
  29. Archived 2021-10-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 28 October 2021. "Juan Rios, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office [...] Rios also said that Alec Baldwin was free to travel. “He’s a free man,” Rios told reporters."
  30. Reuters. Retrieved 2023-04-01
  31. Robb, David (October 22, 2021). "'Rust' Shooting Under Investigation By New Mexico Occupational Health & Safety Bureau". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  32. Robb, David (October 25, 2021). "Cinematographers Guild Leaders Flew To New Mexico To Comfort And Support Members After Fatal 'Rust' Shooting". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  33. "'Rust' Crew Member Files Lawsuit, Alleging Negligence Led to Fatal Shooting".
  34. Retrieved 2023-02-10[permanent dead link]
  35. "'Rust' Insurance Policy Covers a Maximum $6 Million for Injury or Death".
  36. Retrieved 2023-04-19
  37. Kilkeeny, Katie (October 19, 2022). "'Rust' Makes Early Plans to Restart Production in California". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 20, 2022.