Alec Baldwin spoke for the first time about the tragic accidental death of cameraman Halyna Hutchins. In a moving Twitter message, he offers her husband help. According to the emergency call, the accident happened during a rehearsal.
After the tragic gunshot accident on the set of the Western “Rust”, in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally and director Joel Souza was slightly injured, the emergency call was published according to the US portal TMZ.com. The caller, a script supervisor, was asked whether the bullet fired was a real projectile, which the woman could not answer. The recording also mentions that the accident occurred during a rehearsal.
Alec Baldwin in shock
Actor Alec Baldwin, who fired the unfortunate shot, commented on the incident on Twitter: “There are no words to describe my shock,” he wrote on Friday afternoon. According to the current state of knowledge, only blank cartridges were loaded in the weapon; it exploded for an as yet unexplained cause. Parts hit them fatally. However, according to unconfirmed reports, the film gun was loaded with a real cartridge.
The accident took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague, writes the 63-year-old. “I am fully cooperating with the police to clarify how this tragic incident came about,” promises Baldwin. He is also in contact with Hutchin’s husband. “I offer my help to him and her family. My heart is broken for her husband, her son, and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”
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The case is currently being investigated by the police. Whether the pistol was really only loaded with a blank cartridge or whether real ammunition was accidentally used is part of the investigation. A police spokesman confirmed that Baldwin pulled the trigger on the gun. The director Joel Souza was also injured in the accident that followed. He’s in the hospital. There is currently no more detailed information on his state of health.
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Fatal accidents involving firearms while filming are more common than expected. The reason for this is that mostly real weapons are used, which are only converted. The most famous accident of this kind happened in 1993 while filming “The Crow”. Brandon Lee, the son of actor Bruce Lee, was fatally wounded by a gun because the remains of a real cartridge were hidden in the barrel.