Before the deadly incident, Alec Baldwin stated that the pistol was safe, according to court papers

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According to court papers, the revolver used by actor Alec Baldwin on set to kill a lady was given to him by an assistant director who assured him that it was safe. As per the documents, the unnamed director was unaware that the prop held live ammo and indicated that it was unloaded by saying “cold gun!”

Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer, was tragically shot in the chest on the set of the film Rust on Thursday. Joel Souza, the director who was standing behind her, was injured.

The 48-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated for a shoulder injury before being released.

A search warrant was issued in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, revealing more facts about the police investigation. Baldwin’s blood-stained clothes, as well as the gun, were taken as evidence, according to the report. Police also removed ammunition and other pretend guns from the set. Law enforcement questioned the 63-year-old actor, but no charges have been filed as a result of the incident. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, around a half-dozen members of the camera crew on Rust walked off the set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe hours before the catastrophe, citing working conditions. The union members reportedly complained that they were promised hotel accommodations in Santa Fe but were forced to drive 50 miles (80 kilometres) from Albuquerque every morning once filming on the Western began.

The actor is most known for his impersonation of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and his role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. On set, such situations are quite unusual.

 Real firearms are frequently used in movies, and they’re loaded with blanks – cartridges that provide a light and a bang but don’t release a projectile. Brandon Lee, the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee’s 28-year-old son, died on set in 1993 after being inadvertently shot with a prop gun while filming a death scene for the film The Crow. The rifle was accidentally loaded with a false ammunition.

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