ABC’s “The Rookie” has decided to ban “living” weapons from its set following the fatal shooting that took place on the set of Alec Baldwin‘s “Rust” Thursday.
The new policy is effective immediately, showrunner Alexi Hawley told his staff on Friday, according to reports.
“As of today, it is now a policy on The Rookie that all shots on set will be Air Soft pistols with CG flashes added in post. There will be no more “real” weapons on the show, “his note to The Hollywood Journalist states.
“As always, if you ever feel in danger or if you witness something that concerns you, do not hesitate to report it,” he concludes. “My door is always open. “
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Representatives for ABC and “The Rookie” did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
The new policy was announced just a day after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed by a prop pistol used during rehearsals by Baldwin, who is a star and producer of the film. Director Joel Souza was also injured and taken to hospital. Actress Frances Fisher wrote on Twitter that Souza has since been released.
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An assistant director on the New Mexico film set claimed that a gun handed over to Baldwin on Thursday had been unloaded, according to a search warrant filed with a Santa Fe court, according to reports.
“Cold gun,” assistant director Dave Halls announced at the time, using the lingo for an unloaded gun, before a rehearsal for the film, The Associated Press reported.
Shortly thereafter, according to court documents, Baldwin pulled the trigger on the gun, fatally injuring Hutchins and director Souza.
Halls was unaware that live ammunition was inside the gun he seized and handed to Baldwin, a detective wrote in a request for a search warrant, the AP reported.
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“Investigators are trying to determine what type of projectile was in the gun,” the sheriff’s office told Fox News in a statement.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office obtained the search warrant on Friday as part of efforts to investigate the shooting.
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Rust Movie Productions, the company behind the film, is also running its own review of what happened, officials said. The company’s statement came amid reports that some crew members were unhappy with the level of gun safety on set. Fox News has not independently confirmed the veracity of the complaints.
Production was halted on “Rust” after Thursday’s incident. Baldwin broke his silence on Friday and expressed his condolences to the Hutchins family.
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“There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident which claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague,” he said on Friday morning on Twitter.
“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to explain how this tragedy happened and I am in contact with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew him and I loved Halyna, ”the actor concluded.