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Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin on ‘Rust’ Set, Killing Cinematographer, Contained ‘Live Single Round’: Union

The prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin which killed a cinematographer on a New Mexico film set Thursday reportedly contained a live bullet.

IndieWire obtained an email sent by prop master union IATSE Local 44 to its membership, which reportedly stated that “a live single round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor” on the set of “Rust,” a western film fronted by Baldwin, 63.

The email to union members also explained that props, set decorations, construction, and special effects were not staffed by their union members. Santa Fe County police said the set is where Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, while director Joel Souza, 48, was wounded and briefly hospitalized.

“There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet,” the union also wrote.

Baldwin released a statement via Twitter on Friday:

While a Rust Movie Productions spokesperson told the Daily Beast that the gun contained “blanks,” police have not disclosed what type of round was involved in Thursday’s deadly shooting.

Deadline reported that Hutchins was struck in the stomach, while Souza was hit in the shoulder. Police interviewed Baldwin after the shooting.

The spokesperson told the Daily Beast that production has been halted indefinitely following the shooting.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said in a statement issued to the Santa Fe New Mexican that it is unclear whether charges will be filed in this case, as they are early on in their investigation.

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[Featured image: Alex Baldwin/AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File; Halyna Hutchins/Instagram]