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Police: Baldwin got weapon from assistant director, didn’t know it contained real bullets | show

Actor Alec Baldwin, who accidentally shot camerawoman Halyna Hutchins on Thursday while shooting for the film ‘Rest’, was given the weapon by an assistant director who told him the weapon was safe for use. This is evident from court documents based on the first police investigation released Friday.




“A cold weapon,” assistant director Dave Halls told Baldwin when he handed him the weapon, according to a search warrant issued in Santa Fe, where the tragic incident took place. “Cold” is slang for a gun without ammunition.

However, the weapon was indeed loaded with real bullets. When Baldwin fired the weapon on set Thursday, he hit Halyna Hutchins in the chest. She was taken to hospital by helicopter but succumbed to her injuries. Director Joel Souza, who was standing next to Hutchins, was hit in the shoulder. He has since left the hospital.

Bloodstains on costume

The search warrant allowed investigators Friday to search the Bonanza Creek Ranch, the ranch just outside Santa Fe where the drama took place. Among other things, they sought Baldwin’s costume for the western Rust as evidence. There might be bloodstains on it. They also looked for the weapon used to shoot, ammunition and images that may have been made of the event. Baldwin fired the weapon during a rehearsal, it is not certain whether it was recorded.

The weapon was one of three that the film’s gunsmith, Hannah Gutierrez, had put on a cart, according to court documents. According to one of the police investigators, Assistant Director Halls took the weapon in question from the cart and handed it to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with real bullets. It is unclear how many bullets were fired.

A few days before Baldwin fired the fatal shot, there were also problems with a weapon during the filming, write the LA Times and showbiz site Deadline. Baldwin’s stunt stand-in allegedly fired two shots last Saturday from the weapon he was also told had no ammunition. At least six members of the camera crew left the film set hours before the fatal incident. They had complained about the poor working conditions.

Aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch where actor Alec Baldwin accidentally fatally injured camerawoman Halyna Hutchins on Thursday. © VIA REUTERS

Police: Baldwin got weapon from assistant director, didn’t know it contained real bullets | show
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