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Alec Baldwin rehearsed aiming a gun at the camera, says affidavit

ALBUKERK – Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in which a revolver was pointed “at the camera lens” when a pistol that the crew was told had no live ammunition suddenly fired and killed the cameraman, according to the director of the film, who was quoted in the affidavit published Sunday night.

Film director Joel Sousa described how he heard what “sounded like a whip and then a loud bang.”

Mr. Sousa’s account explained why Mr. Baldwin pointed his gun at the operator, Galina Hutchins. But that did not answer the question of how the pistol, which was not supposed to contain live ammunition, killed her.

The director, who was injured in the shooting, told investigators that he believed the pistol was safe and that the firearms safety advertisements described it as “cold steel.” He said guns on set are usually checked by the film’s gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, and then checked again by Dave Halls, the assistant director, who hands them over to the cast.

On Thursday, after preparing for the church scene, Mr Sousa said there was a lunch break and the crew was taken by shuttle to a different location to eat. He said they returned to the set after lunch, but he was “not sure if the weapons were checked again.”

New details, which emerged when the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office released the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant, provided the most complete account of the deadly shooting that took place Thursday afternoon on a film set near Santa Fe.

Mister. According to Mr. Sousa’s affidavit, Baldwin sat on a wooden church pew and rehearsed a scene in which he “drew a cross” with a revolver and pointed it at the camera. Mr. Sousa said he stood next to Ms. Hutchins “looking into the camera.”

Mr. Sousa saw Miss Hutchins grab her stomach and start backing away. Then he noticed that he was bleeding from his shoulder.

The pieces woven by Detective Joel Cano on a search warrant request to seize everything from camera memory cards to bone fragments and firearms give a chilling account of the fatal shooting at a production site that was accidentally shot. and labor disputes between manufacturers and crew members. (The warrant has been issued.)

“After contact, I did notice a visible injury to his right shoulder,” Detective Cano said in an affidavit, describing how he spoke to Mr. Sousa on Friday afternoon after the director received treatment for the injury. Ms Hutchins, who was shot in the chest, was already declared dead on Thursday at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

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“Joel stated that under no circumstances should there be live ammunition near or near the scene,” Detective Kano wrote in his affidavit.

Mr. Sousa struggled with day-of-filming delays after about six crew members quit due to late pay and security conditions, the affidavit said. Another crew was soon hired, but production was delayed due to labor problems. Mr Souza said there was only one camera available for recording prior to filming.

When asked about the “behavior of the officers,” Mr. Souza told investigators that “everyone was getting along” and, as far as he knew, “there were no fights”.

The affidavit also includes tapes from interviews with Reid Russell, a cameraman who stood next to Ms Hutchins and Mr Sousa when the pistol was fired.

Mr. Russell told the detective that when he returned to the set after lunch, he went outside for about five minutes; when he returned, according to the affidavits, Mr. Baldwin, Miss Hutchins and Mr. Sousa were preparing the scene and were already “in possession of a firearm.” Mr. Russell said that he is not sure if the firearm was checked because he was absent during those five minutes.

According to the affidavit, Mr. Halls grabbed a revolver from a gray two-tiered tray set up by Ms. Gutierrez-Reed. Mr. Halls handed the pistol to Mr. Baldwin and shouted, “Cold steel,” which on set usually refers to an unloaded firearm.

When setting up the scene, the crew had to change the position of the camera because there was a shadow. Mr. Russell told the detective that Mr. Baldwin was explaining how he was going to pull the pistol out of the holster when the firearm was discharged.

Mr. Russell said that Mr. Baldwin was “very careful” with firearms; During an earlier scene, Mr. Russell said, Mr. Baldwin tried to keep the set safe by making sure the child was not near him when he fired the pistol. When asked about how the members of the production team behaved while setting up the scene, he said that “everyone seemed to get along.”

Mr Sousa, the director, told the detective that because the crew was setting up the scene at the time the gun was fired, the incident was not filmed.

After the firearm was unloaded, Mr. Russell told the detective that he “remembered Joel being covered in blood and Mrs. Hutchins said and said that she could not feel her legs.”

Graham Bowley provided the reportage.

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