The cinematographer who was fatally shot in the set the Alec Baldwin movie “Rust” spoke to another crew member after she was mortally wounded.
The Los Angeles Times published new information about the on-set tragedy, based on interviews and text messages of more than a dozen witnesses. According to the report, Baldwin was prepping for a scene with what he had been told was a “cold” gun — a prop weapon without live ammo — just before he accidentally shot Halnya Hutchins and the film’s director Joel Souza.
“So I guess I’m gonna take this out, pull it, and go ‘Bang!’,” Baldwin said while he grabbed the weapon in a holster, according to the report.
At that point, the weapon reportedly discharged, shooting a live bullet into Hutchins and then hitting Souza in the collarbone. At first, it did not appear that anyone on set knew exactly what happened.
“What the f*** was that? That burns!” Souza reportedly yelled, dropping to the ground.
“What the f*** just happened?” Baldwin said repeatedly after laying the gun down.
Hutchins, who was bleeding profusely from the chest, reportedly stumbled and fell backwards into the crew’s chief electrician. Several crew members also rushed to her aid as someone on set shouted for a medic.
A boom operator was among the crew members by her side, according to the Los Angeles Times. The unidentified crew member reportedly locked eyes with Hutchins and said, “Oh, that was no good.”
“No, that was no good. That was no good at all,” the 42-year-old reportedly replied.
It is unclear if those were Hutchins’ last words. The cinematographer was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead later that day.
The investigation into the apparently accidental shooting is ongoing, and no one has yet been criminally charged. Souza was reportedly been released from the hospital and is expected to recover on his injuries.
Production on “Rust” immediately halted after the tragedy, and there is no indication the film production will resume.
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[Feature image: Alec Baldwin; AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File/Halnya Hutchins; Instagram]