Chilling video shows paramedics trying to save Halyna Hutchins as Alec Baldwin asks 'how she's doing'
A newly surfaced video shows moments before Halyna Hutchins was shot dead by Alec Baldwin on the sets of 'Rust'. The clip was captured by Hutchins on the day of the shooting in a mock church at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. Contained in a trove of documents released by the Santa Fe, New Mexico Sheriff’s Office, the footage shows 64-year-old Baldwin rehearsing a “cross draw” on the set of the film.
Baldwin can be seen sitting in a pew, rehearsing, as he pulls out the F.lli Pietta 45 Long Colt Revolver that ultimately left Hutchins dead. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the accident. The video has no sound and cuts off before the shooting as Hutchins tries to tweak a setting by turning a camera. In another video, Baldwin can be heard asking how Hutchins is doing.
In the days after the shooting, the district attorney and sheriff said criminal charges for Baldwin and others who were involved were yet to be ruled out. They refused to comment further while the investigation is underway.
Another clip shows Halyna Hutchins' final moments after she is shot, with paramedics struggling to save her. At one point paramedics are heard crying, "Halyna, stay with us!" Hutchins can be seen on the floor, unconscious. A separate video shows the Rust crew, including Baldwin, asking about Hutchin's condition. Baldwin is seen in a clip speaking with police after the shooting.
The film production company was slapped with a $136,793 fine by the New Mexico workplace safety regulators last week. New Mexico's Occupational Health and Safety Bureau also distributed a devastating narrative as the crew failed to follow standard industry protocols. The bureau included testimonies stating that production managers took limited or no action to address two misfires on set prior to the fatal shooting that took Hutchin's life.
Following the shooting, experts had claimed that Alec Baldwin ignored the golden rule of gun safety by pointing the prop at someone, and also said the gun should never have been loaded with live ammunition in the first place. "There should have never been live rounds on a movie set, that's number one. Number two is every single person on a movie set has a right to inspect a weapon before it's fired. And number three is, there is no reason to ever put a person in front of a weapon that's firing," Zak Knight, a pyrotechnic and special effects engineer who is a member of Local 44, had said.
A Santa Fe prop master said the tragedy could have been avoided if the gun had been checked before being handed over to Baldwin. "If they'd done their job checking the weapon this wouldn't have happened. You show the assistant director the weapon, you show the actor the weapon, you show everybody it's a safe weapon. There's a big chain of command that missed an opportunity to save a life," the prop master had told DailyMail.
Reportedly, hours before the tragedy, the film crew had walked out of the set after firearms were accidentally discharged three times. This once even happened by Baldwin's stunt double, who had apparently been told that the firearm was not loaded. Firearms were accidentally discharged two other times in a closed cabin. Assistant director Dave Halls reportedly handed over the gun to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded and instead claiming that it was safe to be used. Seconds later, the prop gun killed Halyna Hutchins.