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Alec Baldwin shooting – latest: Halyna Hutchins pushed for safer on-set practices before she died, report says – The Independent

Candlelit vigil held for Halyna Hutchins after deadly shooting

A principal actor on Rust has said that a scene where he was shot at in the movie felt “life-threatening”.

Ian A Hudson, who played an outlaw in the film, recalled an experience on set when he was exposed to gunfire while the camera and crew were protected by a shield.

“That made me question me being in front of the camera and being between all of that fire. When the rounds were released I did feel the blanks hitting my face and my body,” Hudson told TMZ.

Safety practices on the set of Rust are being investigated by authorities in New Mexico after cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on the set on Thursday.

Alec Baldwin, an actor and producer on Rust, had been practising a “cross-draw” weapons firing technique and was aiming at a camera when a prop gun went off, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Since the incident, it has emerged that the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun that killed Hutchins had been sacked from a film in 2019 after a prop gun accidentally fired on the set of the movie Freedom’s Path, injuring a crew member.

Authorities in Sante Fe have released statements by Rust director Joel Souza and a cameraman who said last week’s accidental shooting happened during a scene filmed inside a mock church.

On Sunday, hundreds attended a vigil for cinematographer Hutchins in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An investigation into the shooting is continuing.

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Alec Baldwin to cancel all projects following prop gun incident

Alec Baldwin “is cancelling” all of his other projects following the prop gun incident on the set of Rust that led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

A source told People that the 63-year-old actor is going “to take some time to himself and re-centre himself”.

“This is how he handles difficult times. Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from the public eye,” the source said.

It was additionally revealed that Baldwin was “hysterical and absolutely inconsolable for hours” after the shooting.

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Criminal charges not ruled out in shooting on Alec Baldwin film set

Ms Carmack-Altwies said investigators were focusing on ballistics to determine what kind of round had killed Hutchins and who had placed the ammunition in the gun.

She said a search warrant executed on the set of the Bonanza Creek Ranch found an “enormous amount of bullets on this set” as well as three revolvers, spent casings and ammunition.

“We need to find out what kinds they were,” she said.

Bevan Hurley has the full story:

Peony Hirwani27 October 2021 06:00

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Here’s how to watch the Santa Fe Sheriff’s press conference on Alec Baldwin film set shooting

On Wednesday (27 October), Santa Fe County Sheriff and Santa Fe District Attorney will conduct a joint news conference to discuss the ongoing investigation.

The event will begin at 9am PT (5pm BST) and will be live-streamed on the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office Facebook page

Peony Hirwani27 October 2021 05:00

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Bullets have been found on Rust set by investigators

Authorities have said they recovered an inventory of seized items that included “two boxes of ammo”, “loose ammo and boxes”, and a “fanny pack with ammo.” Officers also found three revolvers and loose casings.

This revelation was made while investigating cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’s death on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film Rust.

Investigating officers did not specify what kind of ammunition was recovered from the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, or whether it included live bullets, blank cartridges, or dummies.

Maanya Sachdeva has the full story:

Peony Hirwani27 October 2021 04:32

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The Rust shooting: Everything we know so far

As the days pass following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, more and more details have emerged about the movie set where she died, who was in charge of the guns, and what legal consequences those who are blamed might face in the future. Here’s everything we know so far:

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Halyna Hutchins pushed for safer on-set practices before she died, report says

In the days before she died, Halyna Hutchins “had been advocating for safer conditions for her team,” the LA Times has reported.

On the morning of the day she was shot, Ms Hutchins was reportedly “tearful” as her camera crew walked off the set in protest of what they considered unsafe work practices.

“She said, ‘I feel like I’m losing my best friends,’” a source who worked on the film told the Times.

Nathan Place27 October 2021 02:00

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Twitter celebrates Halyna Hutchins’ artistry

Following the death of Halyna Hutchins, some on social media are celebrating her work as a cinematographer.

According to many who worked with her, Ms Hutchins was a talented artist, and some on Twitter and elsewhere have confirmed this by digging up old still shots of the films she worked on.

Nathan Place27 October 2021 01:00

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Baldwin could be sued for ‘millions and millions’ of dollars over Rust shooting, experts say

Even if they aren’t held criminally responsible for the death of Halyna Hutchins, experts say, Alec Baldwin and others in charge of the Rust set could face millions of dollars in lawsuits.

“There was clearly negligence on the set,” Adam Winkler, a professor at the UCLA School of Law, told the Associated Press. “The producers had a duty to preserve the safety of the crew. There were obvious hazards on the set.”

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Justin Bieber defends wife Hailey from paparazzi’s Rust questions

As the press hounded Hailey Bieber – the niece of Alec Baldwin – with questions at a recent LA Lakers game, her husband, Justin Bieber, reportedly rushed to her defense.

According to Yahoo News, a photographer repeatedly asked the model how her uncle was doing until Mr Bieber stepped in.

“Yo, have some discretion, my boy,” the pop star sternly told a photographer, according to Yahoo.

Justin Bieber DEFENDS Hailey From Paparazzi Over Alec Baldwin Questions!

During a recent night out, Justin Bieber jumped to wife Hailey’s defense after a paparazzi photographer continued to ask her probing questions about her uncle Alec Baldwin and the fatal misfire situation that happened on the set of Rust… and now fans are rushing to show their support for the Bieb’s.

Nathan Place26 October 2021 23:55

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Santa Fe sheriff and DA expected to hold press conference tomorrow

Santa Fe authorities are expected to hold a press conference on Wednesday morning, The New York Times has reported.

According to the Times, the city’s district attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies, and sheriff, Adan Mendoza, will update the public on the shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Ms Carmack-Altwies has also told the paper that criminal charges over the incident have not been “ruled out.”

Nathan Place26 October 2021 23:42

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