Footage of Alec Baldwin moments after the fatal “Rust” shooting on October 21 has surfaced.
Baldwin was pointing a gun at the camera when it discharged, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. The Santa Fe police department has released audio and video footage from officers at the scene, along with photographs of bloody bandages and clothes left behind in the church where the shooting took place.
Many questions have surfaced about whether the “30 Rock” actor will be criminally charged in the investigation. Others have wondered how real bullets ended up on a movie set, inside the gun that Baldwin was holding. While the recently released footage does not answer any of those questions, it does further speculation as to what really went down that day.
Viewers Have Questions About Alec Baldwin & ‘Rust’ Armorer
“It’s so crazy that this happened,” one user commented. “I bet everyone involved feels terrible even if Hannah has an odd way of showing it.”
“I hate when people judge a book by its cover however the armorer looks as if they found a random person for that job,” another said. “Her tone when discussing what she does was as if she didn’t care.”
“I would definitely not trust that woman to arm my guns,” said a third. “And she seemed more concerned about losing her job.”
“I do not have all the information on this but the gun was supposed to be a cold gun, no ammunition was supposed to be in there of any kind blanks or live rounds,” another stated. “Clearly it was an accident, but either the production or Hannah or both needs to be held accountable for the negligence here.”
“When it comes to the armory, always triple check if not double-check,” another added. “Should not have happened in any way. RIP to Hutchins family.”
Viewers React To Alec Baldwin Video: ‘Should Not Have Happened’
“Alex Baldwin, by all technicality, was a producer as well as an actor for Rust. While he argues that his role was in the creative end and not in hiring and such, he was still a producer, and the one holding the gun,” another user commented. “If a gun is being pointed at anyone, for practice in lining up a shot, especially, the gun should not be loaded. As the person handling the gun, you ALWAYS check it. Always. It takes just a moment and would have prevented a death. It is basic gun safety.”
“I have to say Alec shows a lot more remorse for his actions than I’ve seen any celebrity,” another wrote. “He was visibly distraught and in shock. I couldn’t imagine how bad he feels.”
“While Alec is the one who pulled the trigger, Hannah is the armorer and is in charge of the weapons used in the set, so the blame still falls on her,” another noted.
Are Real Guns Needed On Movie Sets In 2022?
Many users questioned if guns on sets were necessary, especially when they were being used without proper safety training.
“Lesson here is don’t trust or hire a person without proper experience and credentials. Proper firearm training and maybe someone who was a vet or law enforcement? Just an idea,” said another.
“It’s ALWAYS up to the holder of the weapon’s responsibility to make sure of its safety,” another commented. “One must ALWAYS assume that it is loaded with real ammunition and act accordingly.”
“I’m still of the opinion that a real gun is not necessary for making films in 2022,” another user wrote. “I get back in the 1970s or something you probably needed a gun with blanks but you could definitely get by without it today. It’s just silly that this is even a possibility. Or how about this, take that Hollywood money and invent a blank that’s shaped like an oval or a + or something that OBVIOUSLY isn’t a real bullet. Make the weapon unable to fire any round ever made except that 1 type that’s only for blanks. It’s simple stuff and even if it costs them $10k that’s better than killing someone.”
It still remains to be seen if anyone will be criminally charged in the death of Halyna Hutchins. The investigation is still ongoing.