Alec Baldwin Set Shooting: 911 Call Reveals Chaos and Panic After Halyna Hutchins Shot

Alec Baldwin Set Shooting: 911 Call Reveals Chaos and Panic After Halyna Hutchins Shot

The recording of a 911 call revealed chaos and panic on a film set after a cinematographer was shot dead by actor Alec Baldwin.

Script supervisor Naomi Mitchell tells operator “we need help immediately” after Halyna Hutchins was shot in the chest on the set of the western Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday.

The director of the film, Joel Souza, who was standing behind her, was shot in the shoulder after the prop pistol was unloaded and has since been released from the hospital.

When calling 911 within minutes of the shooting, Ms Mitchell is calm but clearly in a state of distress as background sounds suggest people have rushed to get help for the two. who had been injured.

At one point, Ms Mitchell cannot be heard on the line, before the call manager urges her not to hang up and says it appears someone else at the scene is also calling a ambulance.

Court documents suggest Alec Baldwin did not know gun was loaded

The script supervisor comes back and says, “Good. Everyone should be. We need help. “

The operator then asks if the gun was loaded with a real bullet, to which she replies: “I don’t know, I can’t tell you that… we have two gunshot wounds in a movie. . “

When asked if there was “severe bleeding”, Ms. Mitchell replied, “I don’t know. I ran out of the building. “

She then tells the operator that she is not sure that Hutchins and Souza are “completely alert”.

Ms Mitchell is clearly desperate for an ambulance to be dispatched and is too concerned to answer the manager’s routine questions.

An unidentified male voice then comes over the phone and tells the operator that the two people who were shot are “alert”, but he is not sure which parts of their body have been injured.

He later says he thinks Hutchins and Souza each have an injury.

The call manager then confirms that an ambulance is on the way and tells the man she will explain how he can help stop the bleeding.

Halyna Hutchins was shot in the chest after the gun was unloaded

The caller tells him that a doctor is on the set and he thinks they are already doing it.

Referring to one of the victims of the shooting, he then adds “we have a long one”.

The film’s deputy director Dave Halls previously handed Baldwin a propeller pistol and said it was safe to use, court documents show.

A search warrant filed with a Santa Fe court suggests that neither Baldwin nor Halls knew the gun was loaded with live ammunition.

The weapon was one of three guns that the film gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had placed on a cart outside a wooden structure where a scene was being filmed, court records show.

Two crew members told the Los Angeles Times that a weapon had been inadvertently fired twice in the days before Hutchins’ death.

They told the newspaper that Baldwin’s stuntman was told the propeller gun was not loaded, including with blanks, before he fired both rounds last Saturday.

The Los Angeles Times also reports that a half-dozen film crew workers walked away from the set to protest the working conditions hours before the fatal shooting.

Writer and director Joël Souza
Writer and director Joel Souza was shot in the shoulder but has since been released from hospital

Employees felt that safety protocols were not being strictly followed on the Santa Fe Plateau, New Mexico, sources told the newspaper.

They added that at least one cameraman had complained to a production manager about gun safety.

Rust Movie Productions said it “had not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or props on set” and would conduct an internal review of the proceedings.

It comes as Ms Gutierrez-Reed, the chief gunsmith in charge of the film’s guns, reportedly said in a podcast interview last month that she didn’t feel ready for the job when she got it. accepted in a previous film.

Her role in Rust is believed to be only her second time as a Chief Gunsmith.

She also reportedly admitted to finding loading blanks into a gun to be “the scariest thing” and enlisted the help of her father, famous gunsmith Thell Reed, in overcoming her fear.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Friday obtained a warrant so that investigators could document the ranch scene outside where the shooting took place.

They searched for Baldwin’s bloodstained costume for the film as evidence, along with the weapon that was fired, other guns and ammunition, and any footage that might exist.


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