REPORT: Prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin in fatal shooting contained live round

Last night one woman died and a man was injured by a prop-gun mishap fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust”, a film that apparently takes place in the old west.

It’s being reported this morning that the union covering prop masters said the gun contained a live:

Here’s more:

NY POST – The prop gun Alec Baldwin used in the accidental shooting that killed a cinematographer on his upcoming movie “Rust” and wounded the director reportedly contained a “live round.”

A union that covers prop masters sent an email to its members Friday morning in which it said “a single live round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor,” according to Indie Wire.

Anthony Pawluc, secretary-treasurer of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 44, wrote that the bullet struck “both the Director of Photography, Local 600 member Halnya Hutchins, and Director Joel Souza,” the site reported.

“Local 44 has confirmed that the Props, Set Decoration, Special Effects and Construction Departments were staffed by New Mexico crew members. There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet,” the email cited by Indie Wire added.

Baldwin was said to be understandably distraught over what happened, asking why he was given a ‘hot gun’:

A distraught Baldwin repeatedly asked why he was given a “hot gun” — a firearm with live ammunition — after his prop weapon discharged on his New Mexico film set Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe.

“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” the actor allegedly kept saying, an eyewitness told Hollywood gossip site Showbiz 411.

The film set was sent into lockdown and production was halted immediately after the accidental double shooting, which unfolded at about 2 p.m. Thursday.

“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

No charges were filed as of late Thursday and detectives are still interviewing witnesses.

I’m honestly not sure how any of this could happen. What are “live rounds” doing on a movie set in the first place? If the guns are just props, then there shouldn’t be any “live rounds” to be found anywhere on set. This really makes no sense. I hope detectives are able to figure out exactly what happened because the bizarreness of the situation makes one wonder if something nefarious was going on.

I will note that while Baldwin has said a lot of crap over the years and some are quick to mock him, I wouldn’t wish what happened to him on anyone. Someone literally died at his hand in what appears to be a tragic mistake, and that’s something he’ll have to live with forever.

As I’m finishing up this post, news just broke of tweets from Baldwin on what happened:

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