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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

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UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Timmm
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Timmm

I’m sure Alec will blame this on Trump to!

Kay
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Kay

As much as I would like to come down on AB I will not I will pray for him and what he is going thru maybe just maybe he will understand the tragedy of making a wrong decision !! Our country is broken I choose to get on my knees and pray !! Please do not attack just pray for our nation as we are indeed lost ! God bless America !!!

Kay
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Kay

This year I have went thru breast cancer loosing my sister to alzheimers etc so we are tough we will survive

Timmm
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Timmm

Alec is a mean person. He treats “Little People” like complete crap! Look at the way he treated his own daughter, calling her a pig. He disgusts me. BUT, I dont wish anything bad on ANYONE! God has a way of humbling all of us! Whether we heed his message and right our wrongs, its up to us. I’m sure Alec feels horrible killing someone and hopefully that will humble this troubled soul. As for you and your sister, I am sorry you had to go through this and loose your sister. it is sad. I understand why you would… Read more »

Satan
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I suppose the obvious question here is…. why the Hell doesn’t somebody check these “prop” guns to make sure there are no live rounds in the chamber?

If they can’t find somebody competent to do that, then maybe they should only buy new guns which have never been loaded. Or just use fake guns and dub in the appropriate sound effects later?

I’m a Devil, not a firearms expert, but this doesn’t seem all that complicated to me.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

A tragedy on every level. Unthinkable and more proof that life can change or end in the blink of an eye. Horribly sad.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

One person was killed and one person injured. A cloud of secrecy will naturally attract all types of speculation. Was he playing around with the prop? Was the live round intentionally placed in the gun? Was a scene being discussed/rehearsed? How did two people get shot? Was the gun inspected first? Until more details come out this is quite sketchy to say the least. I can’t stand Alec Baldwin and even i’m still shocked. Time will tell. Or will it?

Carrie
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Carrie

Prayers for them all. Very sad.

rose
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rose

Carrie & All…Prayers are where the attention should be first. Then the speculations as to how it happened ca follow. So many avoidable deaths and injuries come down to guns, any type, even a prop. Awful “invention” that’s only reason to be is to kill.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

What in the world was live amunition doing on a movie set? Seriously, am I asking a stupid or naive question? I don’t know anything about props but to what advantage would having real, live bullet there?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Finally, someone asks the right question. Violet, there’s culpability here, no doubt. But the truth will get buried to avoid harming the project even more. Imagine living with this guilt… I’d be in a bad place right now if I were Baldwin, the prop people, and anyone else who’s been irresponsible.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

It boggles my mind the way some people can consider Alec Baldwin a “mean person” who “treats ‘Little People’ like complete crap” and yet not see that in a certain former president whose evident joie de vivre was (as president) and is (as ex-president) treating people “like complete crap.” Tweeting (or otherwise lodging) insults, even to the dearly departed (John McCain, Colin Powell), is/was a full-time job for this disgusting excuse for a human being. Kids in cages anyone? The list of his transgressions (criminal and unethical) goes on and on. There has never been such a criminal, amoral, inept,… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Jamesj75, I share your feelings. It’s funny how people rationalize the behavior of some and are willing to “cancel” anyone else who rubs them the wrong way. I’m a decades-long fan of Woody Allen but now I have to watch who I mention his films to. No one will even consider both sides of a story once they’ve made up their minds. I’m no fan of Alec Baldwin but that doesn’t affect my empathy for him and this tragic situation. There always has to be someone to blame so that people have a place to focus their feelings, positive… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, great to see your response and your concurrence. You make further great points. The current situation is so tragic. Empathy is really not that hard to do. Breaking up is hard to do… 🙂 Take care, Friend.

Dan
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Dan

Very well said, James! I agree 100%.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Dan, thank you for your comment and for making my day! Best to you, Friend.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Jamesj75; I’m trying this comment again. Something got screwed up in my edits and after several attempts I have no idea if it will get through, and if it does what it’ll look like, lol. I edited and each time I checked the edits weren’t there, then I deleted, added. It may look like a word puzzle if it get through so here’s a new attempt: Jamesj75: I see we think the same of the former guy; and you put your feelings about him in the most mild terms possible. Believe me. What I would say would take a book… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Rebecca1, thank you for your perseverance. And for your further commentary on the “former guy.” You and I have commiserated here previously about him. Indeed, many books have been written about his crimes, missteps, faux pas, lies, insults, etc., which, sadly, were virtually daily occurrences in his presidency. God help us all if he ever holds office again. Lord knows, his enablers in Congress have changed laws in many states to facilitate that possibility and to suppress the vote aka suppress the will of the people. I did mention Colin Powell in my previous post because I read the despicable… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol; I’m not as discreet as you are; there was no empathy there. I’ve witnessed enough on this site with certain “regulars” to know. I call it as I see it; and I see it. ♥

rose
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rose

Jamesj75…I agree with your comments about the gun tragedy and the “former guy.” You expressed them in a very thoughtful way. To add a followup, editorials from the LA Times suggest tptb will be banning real guns and live bullets from tv and movie sets. And even the firing of props would not be at target anymore. It’s about time. And why so many guns in movies and tv anyway??? It doesn’t help when the new Walmart toy catalogue has two pages of advertising in four color from Nerf with every kind of gun imaginable in the hands of kids… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great to have your input and kind words here, Rose! I also appreciate your further discussion of guns on TV and in movies as well as the targeting of kids by Walmart (and others) for indoctrination into the gun culture. Honestly, it’s one culture I don’t like or understand… Take care, Friend!

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