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Alec Baldwin learned propeller pistol was safe before fatal shooting, affidavit says – .

LOS ANGELES – The assistant director on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico, where Alec Baldwin fired a prop pistol that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, previously allowed for a dangerous working environment on productions , according to an accessory maker who worked with him.

Dave Halls’ at first he seemed like an older and affable prime [assistant director] with the usual series of idiosyncrasies, but that facade quickly faded, ”according to prop designer Maggie Goll, who said she was called in to work on Hulu’s“ Into the Dark ”anthology series in February 2019.

“For those who don’t already know, the anthology series was a ‘side letter’ deal… the crew,” Goll said in a detailed statement to NBC News.

According to court records, Halls handed the propeller pistol to Baldwin before the fatal shooting, incorrectly stating that the weapon did not carry live ammunition while shouting “cold pistol.”

Alec Baldwin takes a call in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s offices after being questioned about the shooting.Jim Weber / The New Mexican

Rooms did not respond to requests for comment on Friday and Saturday.

Goll, an experienced special effects technician and pyrotechnician, said in one case Halls attempted to continue filming even after the senior pyrotechnician suffered a medical emergency and the setting became unsafe.

“He didn’t maintain a safe working environment,” Goll said. “The sets were almost always allowed to become more and more claustrophobic, no fire routes established, exits blocked… safety meetings were non-existent. “

In a statement to NBC News, a spokesperson for Blumhouse Television, which produced “Into the Dark” with Hulu, said he could not comment “on personnel matters” when asked questions. on complaints against Dave Halls.

The pistol used by Baldwin and purported to contain blanks had previously failed on set, sources familiar with the matter told NBC News on Friday. Investigators did not say whether the gun was blank.

When Baldwin pulled the trigger, he killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her.

“There’s absolutely no reason gun safety should be ignored on set, even if it’s a propeller gun that doesn’t fire,” Goll said.

On the set of “Into the Dark,” Halls “didn’t feel the same way” and neglected to hold safety meetings or make announcements before a gun appeared on set, added Goll.

“The only reason the crew were made aware of the presence of a weapon was because the Assistant Prop Master asked Dave to recognize and report the situation every day,” she said.

No one has been arrested or charged in the shooting and the investigation is ongoing.


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