After the tragic shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico, several lapses that contributed to the horrific accident have been unfolding, The misfire of a prop gun by Baldwin after reportedly hearing “cold gun” from assistant director Dave Halls has been the crux of the shooting. However, reports show that earlier lapses, inexperience and more have contributed to her death; as her family are demanding answers.
People familiar with the daily operations on the set have said that prop guns used in the Western film were accidentally fired two times or more, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The outlet also said that it had reviewed the report of a medic in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
The Journal reported that medic Cherlyn Schaefer was on a lunch break and had been unaware that filming had been resumed on the set, when she heard the sound of the gunshot, according to the reviewed incident report.
After hearing the shot, she reportedly ask if they were rehearsing as “fire in the hole” had not been called. She ran to the spot where both the cinematographer and the director were shot as she responded to a “medic emergency” called by the crew, according to her report.
After the crew called 911, Schaefer instructed the on-site emergency team. They applied pressure to the wound, gave oxygen and monitored Halyna’s vitals as they waited for the arrival of the EMTs. She also noted the cause of the incident as “something was shot from a prop gun.”
Schaefer’s account of the incident comes soon after details of Dave Halls’ past mishaps on other movie and tv serial sets have been revealed. On Monday, a producer from the film “Freedom’s Path” told Fox News that he could confirm that Dave Halls was fired from the movie set as a crew member suffered a minor and temporary injury after a gun was discharged, unexpectedly.
The director said that production had been paused until Halls left the film site and that an incident report, for the injury, had been filed.