Hutchins shot, killed on ‘Rust’ set


On Oct. 21, Halyna Hutchins, a renowned cinematographer, was shot and killed by a prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” where she was the director of photography.

According to the Los Angeles Times, when the first take of the gunfight scene was shot everything went well. 

However, the second take ended in Baldwin removing the gun from his holster and shooting a live round of ammunition toward the camera monitor.

Hutchins, along with the film director, Joel Souza, were standing behind the monitor getting ready to line up the next camera shot when the round fired through Hutchins’s shoulder and then struck Souza, injuring him on the set.

Five days before the incident, Baldwin’s stunt double unintentionally fired two rounds on set after also being told that the gun was not loaded with any ammunition before the scene.

Mathew Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’s husband, has since retained the legal counsel of the Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi Law Firm with Panish acting as lead lawyer to sue for wrongful death charges, according to Fox News. However, it is unclear who they plan to sue. 

According to the New York Post, the movie’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who was in charge of handling and keeping track of the guns on set, said that the guns were always locked up when they weren’t being used, especially when everyone went on a lunch break.

“Never in a million years did Hannah think the live rounds could have been in the dummy round. Who put those there and why is the central question,” said Jason Bowles,  Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney.

According to CNN, on Oct. 30, Baldwin told the paparazzi he was not allowed to talk about the details of the shooting because it is an ongoing investigation. But he said spoke about Hutchins. 

“She was my friend,” Baldwin told the paparazzi about Hutchins.