The propeller pistol that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on a film set in New Mexico had been used by offsite crew members for fun, according to a new report.
The weapon, which was fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of the movie “Rust,” may have even been loaded with live ammunition when used for what was essentially target training, TMZ reported. .
Multiple sources related to the film’s production told TMZ the gun was fired at out of hours rallies, which could explain how a live bullet ended up in the gun chamber. .
Another source who was on the set told the outlet that when the cops arrived they found live ammunition and blank cartridges stored in the same area, where the fatal confusion could have occurred.
Authorities have not confirmed the claims, TMZ said.
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Officials responded to a call on the set of Western, near Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday after Baldwin unwittingly fired a live bullet, hitting Hutchins, 42, in the chest and killing her . Director Joel Souza, 48, who stood behind her, was also injured.
The chaotic 911 audio reveals the moment of distress, the script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, begs the responders for help.
“We accidentally filmed two people on a film set by a propeller gun, we need help immediately,” Mitchell told an emergency dispatcher. “We were rehearsing and it happened, and I ran out, we all ran out. “
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The dispatcher asked if the gun was loaded with a real bullet, which Mitchell could not answer at the time.
In the appeal, he can be heard blaming the incident on the film’s assistant director, David Halls. The role is generally responsible for ensuring the safety of firearms on film sets.
Halls shouted that the gun was a “bladed weapon” before handing it to Baldwin, according to a search warrant issued Friday.
” I can not tell you. We have two injuries, ”Mitchell replied. “And that (expletive) AD (assistant director) who yelled at me at lunch, asking for revisions… He’s supposed to check guns.” He is responsible for what happens on the set. “
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Neither Halls nor Baldwin knew the weapon contained live ammunition, according to the warrant.
Production sources for “Rust” told The Daily Beast they were wondering if Halls had followed the proper procedure prior to the tragic incident.
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No charges have been filed in connection with the incident.