An assistant director on the film “Rust,” the site of a fatal shooting involving the actor Alec Baldwin last week, told investigators he didn’t thoroughly check all the roundsAccording to media reports, the gun was used as a prop to practice a scene.
The director, Dave Halls, was supposed to check all of the rounds before handing the gun to Baldwin and saying that it was “cold,” meaning there were no live rounds inside and that it was safe to use as a prop. It is an infringement of safety protocols to fail to do this. The Los Angeles Times reported
The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, also reportedly opened the gun for him to inspect, but Halls said he couldn’t rememberTo fully inspect the firearm, she could spin the drum.
“He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,” according to an affidavit obtained by The New York Times.
The film’s cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, was shot and killed during the rehearsal. Joel Souza was also injured.
Officials first said Wednesday that a lead bullet had been recovered from Souza’s shoulder and that they believed they had recovered more live rounds on the set of the film. According to investigators, they found about 500 rounds ammunition on the set. which they believe to be a mixture of “blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting were live rounds.”
Although they look exactly like real bullets when used for close-up shots with blanks, Dummy rounds do not contain any gunpowder. They may have small holes in the bullets or indentation that indicate they aren’t live. The Los Angeles TimesThey require strict safety precautions because they more closely resemble real bullets than blanks.
In the affidavit Halls stated that Reed took the gun home to examine after the incident. When she opened it, investigators said, he saw “at least four dummy casings with holes in the sides, and one without the hole.”
“He advised this did not have the cap on it and was just the casing,” the affidavit added.
An unnamed crew member told the newspaper that having live rounds on set was “so far off the realm of what’s wrong and bad,” adding that anyone caught with that type of ammunition while filming scenes with guns would be “fired immediately.”
There have been many questions regarding blame and accountability since the tragic incident. While no charges have yet been filed, investigators are investigating Halls’ and other actors’ roles.
This is an ongoing story. Stay tuned for new updates.