Prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin had live round, per email to union

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Table of Contents What happened?Who are the victims?Where did this happen?Will charges be filed? On Thursday an accidental weapon discharge on the film set of the Western, ‘Rust,’ left the film’s director of photography dead and injured the film’s director. Here is what we know about the deadly shooting.What happened?According […]

On Thursday an accidental weapon discharge on the film set of the Western, ‘Rust,’ left the film’s director of photography dead and injured the film’s director. Here is what we know about the deadly shooting.What happened?According to Santa Fe County deputies, actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that hit 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and 48-year-old Joel Sauza. Listen: 911 calls detail chaos after movie set shootingAccording to an email to local film union members obtained by ABC, “a live single round was accidentally fired on set.”However, a producer on the film told ABC Thursday that the shooting was the result of a “misfire of prop gun with blanks.” Read: Search warrant details timeline of deadly shootingSome film industry sources tell KOAT that “live” is a popular industry term that refers to a gun just being ready for filming. So that could mean the gun could be “live” but loaded with material such as a blank.More: TV and movie set mishaps more common than many realizeHutchins was fatally wounded in the shooting and Sauza was injured. Who are the victims?The 42-year-old director of photography Halyna Hutchins was airlifted to UNMH in Albuquerque after the shooting Thursday where later died as a result of her injuries. Related: Alec Baldwin issues statement after a deadly film set shootingAccording to her website, originally from Ukraine, Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015. She is known for her work on “Archenemy,” “Darlin’,” and “Blindifre” and was involved in the production of 49 film, TV and video titles, according to IMDb.Related: What we know about Halyna HutchinsThe film’s director, Joel Sauza, was also injured. Souza, writer and director of “Rust,” is a San Francisco-based filmmaker known for his work on “Crown Vic” and “Break Night.” According to IMDb, before “Rust,” Souza directed five movies including, “Crown Vic,” “Break Night,” “Christmas Trade,” “Ghost Squad” and “Hanna’s Gold.” He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. He was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to be treated for his injuries. ABC reported Friday that he had been released from the hospital that morning. Where did this happen?The shooting happened at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, a popular filming location that has been the site of movies and TV series for over 60 years.Rust started filming this month at the ranch.“Rust” is a Western movie set in the 1880s, according to IMDb. In it, a long-time fugitive, played by Alec Baldwin, along with his estranged 13-year-old grandson, are on the run from the law.In addition to Baldwin, the film also stars Jensen Ackles and Travis Fimmel.More: What is the movie ‘Rust’?In 2016 this same location was the site of a stabbing involving two coworkers.Will charges be filed?At this time no charges have been filed.Related: How are prop guns handled on a movie set?Deputies say the investigation is active. Detectives are working to find out how and what type of projectile was discharged.First Judicial District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies released the following statement Friday:”This case is still in its preliminary states of investigation. We are assisting the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and have offered our full support to them. At this time, we do not know if charges will be filed. We will look into all facts and evidence of the case with great discretion and have further information at a later time. Our thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.”

On Thursday an accidental weapon discharge on the film set of the Western, ‘Rust,’ left the film’s director of photography dead and injured the film’s director.

Here is what we know about the deadly shooting.

What happened?

According to Santa Fe County deputies, actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that hit 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and 48-year-old Joel Sauza.

Listen: 911 calls detail chaos after movie set shooting

According to an email to local film union members obtained by ABC, “a live single round was accidentally fired on set.”

However, a producer on the film told ABC Thursday that the shooting was the result of a “misfire of prop gun with blanks.”

Read: Search warrant details timeline of deadly shooting

Some film industry sources tell KOAT that “live” is a popular industry term that refers to a gun just being ready for filming. So that could mean the gun could be “live” but loaded with material such as a blank.

More: TV and movie set mishaps more common than many realize

Hutchins was fatally wounded in the shooting and Sauza was injured.

Who are the victims?

The 42-year-old director of photography Halyna Hutchins was airlifted to UNMH in Albuquerque after the shooting Thursday where later died as a result of her injuries.

Related: Alec Baldwin issues statement after a deadly film set shooting

According to her website, originally from Ukraine, Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory in 2015. She is known for her work on “Archenemy,” “Darlin’,” and “Blindifre” and was involved in the production of 49 film, TV and video titles, according to IMDb.

Related: What we know about Halyna Hutchins

The film’s director, Joel Sauza, was also injured.

Souza, writer and director of “Rust,” is a San Francisco-based filmmaker known for his work on “Crown Vic” and “Break Night.” According to IMDb, before “Rust,” Souza directed five movies including, “Crown Vic,” “Break Night,” “Christmas Trade,” “Ghost Squad” and “Hanna’s Gold.” He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children.

He was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to be treated for his injuries.

ABC reported Friday that he had been released from the hospital that morning.

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Where did this happen?

The shooting happened at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, a popular filming location that has been the site of movies and TV series for over 60 years.

Rust started filming this month at the ranch.

“Rust” is a Western movie set in the 1880s, according to IMDb. In it, a long-time fugitive, played by Alec Baldwin, along with his estranged 13-year-old grandson, are on the run from the law.

In addition to Baldwin, the film also stars Jensen Ackles and Travis Fimmel.

More: What is the movie ‘Rust’?

In 2016 this same location was the site of a stabbing involving two coworkers.

Will charges be filed?

At this time no charges have been filed.

Related: How are prop guns handled on a movie set?

Deputies say the investigation is active. Detectives are working to find out how and what type of projectile was discharged.

First Judicial District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies released the following statement Friday:

“This case is still in its preliminary states of investigation. We are assisting the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and have offered our full support to them. At this time, we do not know if charges will be filed. We will look into all facts and evidence of the case with great discretion and have further information at a later time. Our thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.”


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