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Investigators: Baldwin was told the gun was “cold”

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New Mexico residents attend a candlelight vigil to honor cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Albuquerque, N.M. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Hutchins was fatally shot on Thursday, Oct. 21, after an assistant director unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use on the set of a Western filmed in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Investigators say the prop gun handed to actor Alec Baldwin was taken from on a cart arranged by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the person in charge of prop firearms on the set. The report says the assistant director Dave Halls handed the Colt revolver to Baldwin, saying it was “cold” meaning not loaded with any live rounds. While the gun was in Baldwin’s hands, a projectile fired.

According to the Santa Fe County Sherriff’s Department, the cinematographer has died and a man has been injured after Baldwin fired the prop gun on a New Mexico film set for the 19th Century western “Rust.”

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot while working on the set as director of photography.

She was flown to the hospital by helicopter but died of her injuries.

The man, 48 year-old director Joel Souza, was taken from the set at Bonanza Creek Ranch by ambulance.

Apparently the bullet or projectile went through the chest of Hutchins and into Souza who was standing behind her.

According to the affidavit, Baldwin was handed one of the three prop guns by assistant director David Halls that were set up in a cart by an armorer for the movie “Rust.”

Halls did not know there were live rounds in the gun, the affidavit said.

Baldwin released a statement on his social media, expressing his feelings regarding the unfortunate tragedy that took place on the movie set.