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Mourners pay tribute to cinematographer killed in accidental shooting by actor Alec Baldwin

CA, 24 Oct 2021
About 200 mourners, including film industry professionals, turned out in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday night for a candle-lit vigil to remember cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after she was killed in a shooting incident on set involving actor Alec Baldwin.

Details have emerged suggesting the production was troubled before the accident. Several crew members walked off the set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, south of Santa Fe, just hours before the incident, protesting what they saw as poor working conditions, several media outlets reported.

Last week, Baldwin's stunt double accidentally fired two rounds with a prop firearm after being told it was "cold," an industry term meaning a weapon is not loaded with ammunition, the Los Angeles Times said. At least one employee complained to a production manager about gun safety on set, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed crew members.

The same mistake may have occurred on Thursday, according to court records. An assistant director, Dave Halls, handed Baldwin the prop gun and told him it was a "cold gun," according to an affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.

When Baldwin fired the gun, Hutchins was fatally struck in the chest, according to the sheriff's office.

It is unclear why the gun contained a projectile. The person in charge of weapons on set is known as an armorer. The armorer for "Rust," Hannah Gutierrez, had set up the gun and two others, according to the affidavit.

Rust Movie Productions said in a statement on Friday it had not been aware of any safety concerns but was investigating the incident.

Baldwin, 63, said on Friday he was shocked and heartbroken at Hutchins' death and was fully cooperating with authorities.

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