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Prop gun kills crew member on Alec Baldwin film set


Alec Baldwin weeps outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office after being questioned about a prop gun shooting that killed a crew member. Associated Press/Photo by Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican

Prop gun kills crew member on Alec Baldwin film set

Police and first responders answered a call Thursday afternoon at a ranch in the New Mexico desert where film crews were shooting for an upcoming movie. Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun, injuring director Joel Souza and fatally wounding cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, age 42. Prop guns fire blank gunpowder charges to produce a flash and loud noise rather than bullets. But the gun Baldwin was given to rehearse with was loaded with live rounds, according to court records. Baldwin said the tragedy was an accident and that he is complying with the investigation. Over the weekend, a crew member said she raised concerns in the past about the culture of safety on film sets and about a specific assistant director on the Baldwin movie.

Who was Halyna Hutchins? Hutchins was a Ukrainian citizen who fell in love with movies as a child on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She moved to the United Kingdom as a journalist before transitioning to documentary filming. She then relocated to Los Angeles to attend film school and begin a career shooting action and horror movies. She leaves behind a husband and a son.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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CBOH2270

I have been a satisfied World customer for years and still am. However, I think your title on this piece is a bit misleading. I suppose there are times when an accidental discharge and its consequences are entirely the fault of the gun malfunctioning. But this time doesn't seem to be one of those times. In my view, the title should indicate that someone was killed without making prop gun the subject of the sentence. Someone died because multiple people failed to follow good gun safety rules.

KDON9307CBOH2270

I agree. A gun is an inanimate object that does nothing without an operator. This is definitely not the first time people have been killed in Hollywood (and elsewhere) because someone thinks a blank is harmless.

not silentCBOH2270

You make a good point about how info is communicated, but it may be hard for World or other media to communicate what happened without seeming to imply fault on someone's part (which could be viewed as harmful or even libelous if that person was not legally to blame). A gun isn't going to claim libel or defamation.

SAWGUNNER

For years hasn’t Hollywood been able to edit and insert the sound of sci Fi ray guns and even the hard clash of swords?!? And yet no one in Tinsel town can insert the fake sounds of six shooter gun fire?! This brought to mind the accidental suicide of 80s TV actor Jon Eric Hexum. Assume all fire arms are loaded and every microphone is hot!!!

EGUI6497SAWGUNNER

Special effects can do a lot, but having an actor "shoot" a gun with no bullets in it and adding it later will look worse 9 times out of 10 than an actor shooting blank rounds. Plus blanks are just plain cheaper than paying a VFX artist for a few hours work.

You would think on a movie set with blank rounds (which can still kill by themselves!) would have more safety precautions in place.

SAWGUNNER

For years hasn’t Hollywood been able to edit and insert the sound of sci Fi ray guns and even the hard clash of swords?!? And yet no one in Tinsel town can insert the fake sounds of six shooter gun fire?! This brought to mind the accidental suicide of 80s TV actor Jon Eric Hexum. Assume all fire arms are loaded and every microphone is hot!!!

SAWGUNNER

For years hasn’t Hollywood been able to edit and insert the sound of sci Fi ray guns and even the hard clash of swords?!? And yet no one in Tinsel town can insert the fake sounds of six shooter gun fire?! This brought to mind the accidental suicide of 80s TV actor Jon Eric Hexum. Assume all fire arms are loaded and every microphone is hot!!!