Assistant director on Baldwin movie ‘shocked and saddened’ at fatal shooting

FILE PHOTO: People attend a vigil for cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot on the film set of
FILE PHOTO: People attend a vigil for late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot on the film set of "Rust", in Burbank, Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 24, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

November 2, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin a gun with a live bullet made his first comments on Monday on the movie set shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Dave Halls, in a statement to the New York Post, did not address the details of the incident while filming last month in New Mexico but said he was “shocked and saddened” at the death of Hutchins.

According to court documents, Halls told Baldwin the gun was “cold” or safe when he handed it to him during a rehearsal on the low budget Western movie. Halls was also quoted as telling Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department investigators that he did not thoroughly check the gun https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/questions-swirl-alec-baldwin-shooting-case-ahead-sheriffs-update-2021-10-27 before handing it to Baldwin.

Hutchins was shot and killed and director Joel Souza was wounded in the shoulder when the gun went off. Authorities in Santa Fe are investigating the incident, including how live rounds got onto the set, and say they have not ruled out criminal charges.

“Halyna Hutchins was not just one of the most talented people I’ve worked with, but also a friend,” Halls said in the statement.

“I’m shocked and saddened by her death,” he added. “It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.”

Baldwin on Saturday said he would support limits https://www.reuters.com/world/us/alec-baldwin-calls-movie-shooting-death-one-trillion-episode-2021-10-30 on the use of real guns in films and television shows.

“I’m not an expert in this field. So whatever other people decide is the best way to go, in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets, I’m all in favor of and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can,” the actor told reporters.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler)