Court records: Alec Baldwin told prop gun was safe before fatal shooting

Star says his 'heart is broken' after 'tragic accident'

by Amber Wilkinson

Halyna Hutchins posted about her excitement of working on Western Rust in the days before she was fatally shot
Halyna Hutchins posted about her excitement of working on Western Rust in the days before she was fatally shot Photo: Instagram
The gun fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust, which killed a cinematographer, was given to him by an assistant director who told him it was safe, court records show.

The AD did not know the prop contained live ammunition, the records say.

Halyna Hutchins died in the incident on Thursday, after being shot in the chest, while director Joel Souza was also hurt, but later released from hospital after treatment for a shoulder injury.

The details emerged after a search warrant was filed at a court in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which noted that Baldwin's blood-stained costume along with the gun, ammunition and other prop weapons were was taken as evidence by police.

Baldwin, 63 was questioned by police but no-one has been charged over the incident.

Yesterday, the actor, who was also a producer on Rust, described the events as "a tragic accident".

On Twitter, he wrote: "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

Hutchins had been posting pictures and footage from the set to her Instagram account in the days before the fatal accident, expressing her excitement of being on the shoot.

A police spokesman said: “This investigation remains open and active."

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