Los Angeles (AFP)
A memorial service will be held Sunday for Hutchins, 42, who was shot in the chest when Baldwin fired a propeller pistol while filming the low-budget western “Rust”. She died shortly after Thursday’s incident in New Mexico.
Director Joel Souza, 48, who was crouched behind her as they lined up a shot, was injured and hospitalized, then released.
Police are still investigating the shooting, which sparked intense speculation on social media about how such an accident could have happened despite detailed and long-established gun safety protocols for film sets. .
A petition on the change.org site calling for a ban on live firearms on film sets and better working conditions for crews had collected more than 18,000 signatures as of Sunday afternoon.
“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century,” says the text of the petition launched by Bandar Albuliwi, screenwriter and director.
Dave Cortese, a Democrat elected to the California Senate, released a statement on Saturday saying: “There is an urgent need to tackle the alarming workplace abuses and safety violations occurring on the set of theatrical productions, including unnecessary conditions at high risk such as the use of real firearms. “
He said he intends to pass a bill banning live ammunition from movie sets in California.
Los Angeles hit crime drama “The Rookie” decided the day after the shooting to ban all live ammunition from its set, effective immediately, according to industry publication The Hollywood Reporter.
But some industry professionals have said that using film guns is not the problem.
Gunsmith SL Huang, writing on Twitter, said she had worked hundreds of film sets without incident, thanks to strict security protocols and built-in redundancies.
“A tragedy that happens * in this particular way * defies all I know about how we treat guns on film sets,” she wrote.
“My colleagues and I have tried to figure out how this could happen by following our basic safety procedures and we keep losing.
“Which implies… that very basic and very standard security procedures may not have been followed. And that no one stopped production when they weren’t. “
Baldwin, who has spoken of his grief after the murder, is cooperating with the police investigation.
The investigation focused on the specialist in charge of the weapon and the deputy director who handed it to Baldwin, according to an affidavit seen by AFP.
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