Alec Baldwin, author of a fatal shot: the man who handed the gun to the actor comes out of his silence

The assistant director of the film “Rush” said he was “shocked and sad” after the accidental death of Halyna Hutchins. David Halls had admitted to investigators that he should have checked the weapon before the resumption of the fatal shooting.

The assistant director of the film Rush has spoken for the first time since the tragedy, which occurred on October 21. The one who handed the loaded gun to actor  Alec Baldwin  before the drama that claimed the life of a filmmaker  during the filming of the western, said he was “shocked and sad” but did not comment on the drama or its role . 

In a statement to the New York Post , David Halls described a “talented” colleague and “friend” about the victim . “I hope that this tragedy will encourage the (film) industry to review its values ​​and practices” to prevent such an accident from happening again, he added.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was accidentally killed by shooting from Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal session in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 21.  

No arrests at this stage of the investigation

This terrible accident fuels all possible speculation. At issue:  the assistant director had earlier admitted to investigators that he should have checked the weapon but failed to do so . Indeed, he should have made sure all the cartridges were fake, he admitted. 

Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and David Halls were responsible for the guns on the set of the Hollywood star produced Rush . They had to make sure they were harmless before putting them on the set. 

The assistant director has not given more information as investigations continue to clarify the circumstances of the tragedy. Asked by AFP, his lawyer had not reacted Monday afternoon. 

David Halls’ role in the Oct. 21 crash in New Mexico has been the subject of much speculation since he told investigators he should have checked the weapon but failed to do so. In a statement to the New York Post, David Halls says he is “shocked and sad” after the death of the director of photography for the western, Halyna Hutchins, but he does not comment on the drama or its role.

“Halyna Hutchins was not only one of the most talented people I have worked with, she was also a friend,” writes David Halls. “I hope that this tragedy will encourage the (film) industry to review its values ​​and practices” to prevent such a tragedy from happening again, he adds.

With the gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, David Halls was in charge of the weapons on the set of “Rust” and had to make sure that they were indeed harmless before putting them on the set. According to the first statements from the police, the assistant director told them that he “should have checked” that all the cartridges in the revolver used by Alec Baldwin to rehearse a scene were fictitious but that he “did not. did not ”.

Live ammunition accidentally fired by Baldwin fatally wounded Halyna Hutchins and ended up in the shoulder of director Joel Souza.

“There have already been two accidental discharges of weapons and an explosion”

The day before the shooting, a member of the team had resigned, citing in particular concerns about safety on the set, according to the GNR channel. “There have already been two accidental weapon discharges, and a planned special effects explosion that went off near the crew between takes… To be clear, there is no safety meeting these days. these days, ”Lane Luper said in an email announcing his resignation, quoted by the media.

An online petition calling for a definitive ban on live firearms on filming had collected nearly 100,000 signatures on Monday. Its promoters argue that it is easy to add visual and sound effects to dummy weapons during post-production of films.

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