An eyewitness who was purportedly on the set of a film where a lead crew member was fatally shot shared details in an interview with Showbiz 411.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Alec Baldwin is believed to have fired a prop gun that fatally injured director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of Baldwin’s film “Rust” in New Mexico on Thursday. The film’s director, 48-year-old Joel Souza, was also injured and hospitalized.
An unidentified person who told Showbiz 411 they were on the set of the “Rust” movie claimed that only one projectile hit both victims. The witness claimed that whatever was fired from the prop gun went “straight through” Hutchins, the report states, and hit Souza in the clavicle. Baldwin is believed to have fired the prop gun.
The witness said that Baldwin said repeatedly that someone gave him a “hot gun,” a term that means a weapon has ammunition.
“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” Baldwin said, according to the witness account.
Authorities have not yet identified what type of projective killed Hutchins.
As the Daily Beast reports, Alex Baldwin released a statement about the tragedy.
“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,” Baldwin said. “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.” Baldwin also said he is cooperating with law enforcement.
It is not known if law enforcement intends to press any criminal charges.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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