Alec and Hilaria Baldwin are spotted shopping at Ralph Lauren store and filling up on gas in Vermont as investigation into fatal on-set shooting of Rust cinematographer continues
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin were seen in Vermont on Thursday night stocking up on clothes at Ralph Lauren then filling up on gas before retreating to the private home where they are riding out the storm surrounding his accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The couple were without their six kids on Thursday when they stepped out in the afternoon. Baldwin, 63, was seen leaving the Ralph Lauren store with a small bag in hand.
He visited the store on Wednesday and returned, likely to make an exchange. Later, his 37-year-old wife was seen pumping gas on their SUV.
The pair are laying low in New England while sheriff’s deputies in Santa Fe continue to investigate the shooting that happened on set last Thursday.
Baldwin, who is a producer and actor on the movie Rust, was rehearsing a scene inside a church set when the gun he was holding fired a live round, killing Hutchins, 42, and injuring director Joel Souza.
It remains unclear how the live bullet made its way onto the set; armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed broke her silence on Thursday night to insist it was not her fault. She blames the movie producers – of which Baldwin is one – for creating an ‘unsafe’ set where there were no safety briefings.
The couple were without their six kids on Thursday when they stepped out in the afternoon. Baldwin, 63, was seen leaving the Ralph Lauren store with a small bag in hand
Baldwin is cooperating with the authorities in the ongoing investigation into Halyna Hutchins’ death. He has been interviewed by sheriffs but has not been charged or arrested
Baldwin said last week that his heart was ‘broken’ by the accident and that he had spoken to Halyna’s widower
Hilaria, who released a statement last week saying her heart was with ‘her Alec’, cut a low profile
Baldwin looked down at his phone as he left the gas station in the passenger seat of the car
The 24-year-old armorer in charge of guns on the set of Alec Baldwin‘s movie Rust has denied being to blame for Halyna Hutchins’ death in a strongly worded statement where she claims she’s been ‘slandered’ by the media but admits she couldn’t focus on her weapons job because she was given two roles on-set.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed released a statement through her attorneys insisting she is not to blame for the death of Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography who was accidentally killed by Baldwin while they rehearsed a shooting scene.
‘Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on set. Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from,’ the statement said in part.
Her attorneys told DailyMail.com on Friday that she was also a ‘key assistant’ in the props department which made it ‘difficult to focus’ on the weapons.
‘Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer.
‘Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from. Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would she permit that.
‘She fought for training, days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department.
‘The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings. Not the fault of Hannah.’
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is pictured last week (left). She has released a statement denying blame for the fatal accident last week and says she was overstretched on the set of Rust, working two jobs and unable to focus on gun safety. Baldwin, right, is in Vermont, bunkering down with his family while the investigation into the shooting continues
Halyna Hutchins, 42, was rushed to the hospital by air ambulance but could not be saved. Many on set have set assistant director Dave Halls ran unsafe productions. He has not spoken
Circled is Baldwin, left, standing next to Halyna on the film set. Gutierrez-Reed is shown far right. She claims in her statement that she has ‘no idea’ how live rounds found their way to the set
First Hannah would like to extend her deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Halyna. She was an inspirational woman in film who Hannah looked up to. She also offers her thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to Joel. Hannah is devastated and completely beside herself over the events that have transpired.
She would like to address some untruths that have been told to the media, which have falsely portrayed her and slandered her. Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on set. Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from. Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would she permit that. They were locked up every night and at lunch and there’s no way a single one of them was unaccounted for or being shot by crew members. Hannah still, to this day, has never had an accidental discharge. The first one on this set was the prop master and the second was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks.
Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer. She fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings. Not the fault of Hannah.
Hannah and her legal team will address more of these rumors and the whole incident in an upcoming statement next week.
‘The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings,’ the statement said.
Her claims echo those of other crew members who say the production was unsafe. Most of them have blamed assistant director Dave Halls, who they said has been accused of running unsafe sets in the past.
Halls told sheriff’s deputies after the shooting that he asked Gutierrez-Reed to show him the gun before he handed it to Baldwin last Thursday.
Halls said that he can remember seeing three chambers in the gun that contained dummy bullets, recognizable by a small hole in the side that sets them apart from real bullets.
He looked at them, declared the gun ‘a cold’ weapon then handed it to Baldwin.
It was only after the shooting that he asked Gutierrez-Reed to look again inside the chamber. That is when they saw there were five rounds, four of which were dummies and one of which contained the spent casing of a real bullet.
Halls admitted to the sheriff that he ‘should have checked’ all of the rounds but ‘didn’t.’
Others on set described Gutierrez-Reed as having a slap-dash approach to firearms training.
Actor Jenson Ackles told how she let him pick his own gun, weeks before the fatal accident involving Hutchins.
Baldwin, 63, is bunkering down with his family on the east coast while the investigation in Santa Fe continues.
He is cooperating with the authorities and has spoken to Hutchins’ widower, Matthew.
No one has been charged over the fatal accident but on Wednesday, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said ‘no one’ had been ruled out.
‘All options are on the table,’ added Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.
A search warrant released on Wednesday reveals how the gun made its way into Baldwin’s hands, but it remains unclear how the live round made its way into the gun.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwes said on Wednesday that ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to charging people responsible for the accident
A portion of the interview between Halls and sheriff’s deputies that was released on Wednesday by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department
Alec Baldwin is pictured with Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. The production started shooting on October 6. Hutchins died on October 21
‘David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds.
‘He advised he should have checked them all but didn’t and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum,’ the search warrant says.
Baldwin was handed the gun and it fired in the direction of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza. Hutchins died and Souza was hospitalized.
Afterwards, Halls brought the gun back to Gutierrez-Reed and told her to open it for him.
The warrant also describes how Hannah Gutierrez-Reed described there never being ‘any live rounds’ on set.
‘Hannah advised that she checked the ‘dummies’ and ensured “they were not hot rounds”.
‘She said as the crew broke for lunch, the firearms were taken back and secured inside a safe on a prop truck on set.
‘During lunch, she said the ammo was left on a cart on the set and not secured.
‘After lunch, [property manager] Sarah Zachary pulled the firearms out of the safe inside the truck and handed them to her.
‘She advised there are only a few people that have access and the combination to the safe.
‘Hannah advised that she handed the gun to Alec Baldwin a couple of times, and also handed it to David Halls. Hannah said no live ammo is ever kept on set.’