Report: Production Crew Walked Off Movie Set Hours Before Alec Baldwin Shooting Incident

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SANTA FE, NM – According to reports, the production crew of the movie “Rust”, where actor Alec Baldwin reportedly fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, had walked off the set hours prior to the fatal incident.

Apparently, the production crew was exhausted from long hours – and there are allegations that two other incidents occurred on set involving weapons misfiring prior to the fatal shooting.

Before Alec Baldwin reportedly shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the production crew of Alec Baldwin’s film set was already concerned about gun safety – citing two other incidents involving weapon misfires.

Furthermore, additional complaints stemmed from long hours, subpar working conditions, and the fact that the production crew had to stay the evening in Albuquerque – roughly an hour’s drive from the Santa Fe set – due to the production not wanting to pay for hotels in Santa Fe.

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When the production crew arrived to clear out their things on October 21st, they’d reportedly noticed that they’d been replaced by locals.

This of course raises the issue of who those local workers were, what was their training regarding a film set involving prop firearms, and how thoroughly did they inspect the weapon before passing it off to Baldwin, which said the firearm is suspected of having been loaded with an actual live round.

Apparently, there is also an anonymous source alleging that two misfires also occurred days prior to the fatal shooting, per a report from Deadline:

“A gun had two misfires in a closed cabin. They just fired loud pops – a person was just holding it in their hands and it went off.”

On October 22nd, Zak Knight, a pyrotechnic and special effects engineer with IATSE Local 44, one of the unions involved in the film’s production, told DailyMail.com that he’d heard there was a walk-out from others working in the production:

“It’s very possible that the union members said, ‘we’re out’, and they brought in people to fill the positions on the fly. There’s a lot of grey area.”

Knight also added that laxer gun laws pertaining to film productions in New Mexico could’ve played a role as well, noting that in California, films productions need both a trained armorer and a prop master when firearms are used during filming:

“You will find the best and most well-trained individuals in Los Angeles. You can’t guarantee that as you go across the country.”


Knight explained that whatever happened on that set in Santa Fe, there was undeniably a “cascade of failures” that likely involved numerous people:

“We have a hard and fast rule that no live ammunition ever goes into a prop truck or set at any time. We just don’t do it. If you see bullets on set they are complete dummy rounds and are in no way functional. This goes back to Brandon Lee. There’s protocol.

There should have never been live rounds on a movie set, that’s number one. Number two is every single person on a movie set has a right to inspect a weapon before it’s fired. And number three is, there is no reason to ever put a person in front of a weapon that’s firing.”



This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on October 22, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.

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1 month ago

How does a blank round just go off in a gun being held by someone. If it was just a pop, I would suspect a round w/o gun powder, just a primer. Could have had wadding intended to retain the gun powder. The wadding would have concealed the absence of gun powder and been blown out of the barrel by the limited force of the primer.