Scene rehearsal led to the fatal accident during the filming of Rust, according to the affidavit released on Sunday. In it, the film director stated that Alec Baldwin was doing practice runs pointing a revolver toward one of the cameras used for filming when the gun wildly fired off a round and killed Halyna Hutchins, who was behind the camera at the time.
Joel Souza’s Statement Did Not Explain How the Weapon Ended up With Live Ammo in It
The latest information sheds light on one of the biggest dilemmas in this case. However, the other question remains unanswered – how did a gun with live ammo end up in the hands of the famous actor. Souza stated that he believed that the handgun was safe and that it had been labeled as a “cold gun” in firearm safety announcements.
The typical procedure was that the weapons would be first checked by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (the armorer). Afterward, she would hand them over to Dave Halls, the assistant director, who would inspect them again and hand them over to the actors.
The Experts Believe That Safety Protocols Were Not Followed to the Letter
Several weaponry experts from the film industry emphasized that the order of handling guns is precisely defined. When not used, weapons are kept in a gun safe, and only one person hands over the guns to the actors.
However, one of the “Rust” producers stated that the actors received guns both from Mr. Halls and Ms. Gutierrez-Reed.
Even though many questions remain unanswered, one thing is certain– this tragic accident has raised many issues in a country where more than 2,000 individuals get hurt due to gunshots each day.