September 20, 2022
Thorny questions remain about what really happened on October 21 on the set of a movie shot near Santa Fe, N.M., when a former Colt .45 discharged while he was used as a prop by actor Alec Baldwin during a scene rehearsal. A projectile from the revolver struck and killed Halyna Hutchins, director of photography on the film, a western titled “Rust”. Joel Souza, the director, stood next to Hutchins and was injured.
The tragic incident caused understandable anguish on the part of all who knew Hutchins, 42, a much-loved cinematographer, as well as a wife and mother. Ongoing police investigations ask how a firearm declared “cold” – that is, fire-safe – as delivered to Baldwin could have killed someone.