Rust set had three accidental gun shots before Halyna Hutchins death

Rust movie set had three other accidental gun discharges in the days before Alec Baldwin accidentally shot dead cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during rehearsals, new report claims

  • New report revealed three accidental gun discharges took place on set of Rust
  • ‘Red flags’ prior to Alec Baldwin firing the gun that killed Hutchins on October 21
  • Alec’s stunt double accidentally fired a blank after being told the gun was ‘cold’
  • Another incident, a props department worker ‘shot herself in the foot’ with blank
  • A new report revealed that there had been at least three other ‘red flags’ on the set of Rust before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed.

    An investigative report published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday revealed three accidental gun discharges took place in the days prior to Alec Baldwin firing the gun that killed Hutchins on October 21. 

    Crew members revealed that one involved Alec’s stunt double accidentally firing a blank after being told the gun was ‘cold’.

    In another instance, a young woman working in the props department ‘actually shot herself in the foot’ with a blank. 

    A new report published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday revealed that there had been at least three other 'red flags' on the set of Rust before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (pictured) was killed

    A new report published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday revealed that there had been at least three other ‘red flags’ on the set of Rust before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (pictured) was killed 

    The Times interviewed several crew members during their investigation. 

    One alleged that there were several ‘red flags’ throughout the production, citing the fact that there was not an on-site medic present during pre-production.

    ‘Somebody dropped a countersink bit and it stabbed me in the hand. I had to take care of it myself and I’m still healing from it,’ a production worker shared.

    Another claimed that production leaders were more concerned with their budget than the safety on set.  

    ‘It always felt like the budget was more important than crew members,’ Lane Luper, the A-camera first assistant, told the newspaper Saturday.

    ‘Every thing was about the schedule and the budget.’

    Luper, along with several unnamed crew, also claimed that officials did not send out safety bulletins with call sheets once filming began. 

    Alec Baldwin is pictured sobbing after shooting and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his upcoming movie Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday

    Alec Baldwin is pictured sobbing after shooting and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his upcoming movie Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday

    An investigative report published Sunday morning revealed three accidental weapons discharges that took place on the Rust set (pictured) prior to Hutchins' death

    An investigative report published Sunday morning revealed three accidental weapons discharges that took place on the Rust set (pictured) prior to Hutchins’ death

    Despite the alleged lack of safety concern amongst production leaders, the crew claims Alec prioritized the well-being of his fellow cast and crew. 

    ‘Alec was pretty concerned about safety on set,’ a camera technician said.

    ‘He wanted to know where I would be standing when he drew his gun,’ echoed another crew member.

    ‘I told him I was going to be standing in a different place, and he said, “Good”.’

    Hutchins died on October 21, the 12th day of a 21-day film production, after Alec pointed and fired a Colt pistol at her during a scene.  

    Alec was handling the vintage gun on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when it accidentally discharged – killing the mother-of-one and wounding director Joel Souza.

    One involved Alec's stunt double accidentally firing a blank after being told the gun was 'cold'. In another instance, a props department worker 'actually shot herself in the foot' with a blank

    One involved Alec’s stunt double accidentally firing a blank after being told the gun was ‘cold’. In another instance, a props department worker ‘actually shot herself in the foot’ with a blank

    Halyna Hutchins (pictured) died on October 21 after Alec Baldwin pointed and fired a Colt pistol at her during a scene

    Halyna Hutchins (pictured) died on October 21 after Alec Baldwin pointed and fired a Colt pistol at her during a scene 

    The actor is facing a criminal investigation for the fatal shooting of Hutchins. 

    According to a call sheet obtained by DailyMail.com, Alec was taking part in a mock gunfight inside the church building on the Bonanza Ranch film set when Hutchins was hit.

    Co-stars Jensen Ackles, Swen Temmel and Travis Hammer were also in the scene – numbered 121 – alongside Alec’s stunt double Blake Teixeira and stunt coordinator Allan Graf.

    Production notes show the Colt pistol was one of several weapons on set at the time but the only one used in 121 and the preceding 118. 

    The armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, said ‘wasn’t sure if I was ready’ in an interview prior to filming.

    She also admitted in the podcast interview that she found loading blanks into a gun to be ‘the scariest’ thing because she did not know how to do it and had sought help from her father, legendary gunsmith Thell Reed, to get over the fear.

    First assistant director Dave Halls had grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Alec, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds.

    ‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Alec, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said.

    The warrant indicated that a single bullet struck Hutchins in the chest, and then struck director Joel Souza in the shoulder as he was standing behind her, injuring him, suggesting the bullet traveled all the way through Hutchins’ body.