Non-Union Replacement Responsible For Prop Gun In Alec Baldwin Accidental Set Shooting

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New updates have been coming in about the recent Alec Baldwin accidental set shooting and the details on the set are even more disturbing.

Reportedly, the prop master who was in charge of checking and handling the prop gun that Baldwin used had just been "brought in" to the set as a replacement hire.

According to new details, there had already been problems on set because of working conditions. There had also been three gun misfires even before Baldwin's fatal shooting.

Safety Problems On Set

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Even before the tragedy unfolded, there had already been numerous problems on set.

Several crew members complained about long hours, long commutes, late paychecks and safety protocols not being followed.

There have also been concerns about gun safety. Someone from the crew was alarmed about the gun misfires on set and sent a text to their unit production manager:

“We’ve now had 3 accidental discharges. This is super unsafe,” according to a copy of the message reviewed by the LAT.


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Crew Walked Off The Set

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The conditions were so bad that some of the crew members protested and walked off the set hours before the tragedy happened. But, a settlement was quickly reached and those who walked out came back and started setting up their gear.

However, several nonunion workers came in to replace some of the crew. One of the replacement crew was an unidentified prop master, who was responsible for the gun that Baldwin fired.

According to Associated Press, assistant director Dave Halls handed Baldwin the loaded weapon, announcing it was a "cold gun" and safe to use.

Baldwin Didn't Know The Gun Had Live Rounds

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Baldwin wasn't aware that the gun handed to him contained live rounds, investigators said.

The revolver was one of three guns that the set's armorer placed on a cart. Assistant director David Halls grabbed one of the guns and handed it to Alec for the scene.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was 42, was fatally shot in the chest. Director Joel Souza, 48, who was standing behind Hutchins was also injured. It is unclear how many rounds were shot.

Filming Has Been Shut Down

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The film's script supervisor told AP that she was standing next to Hutchins when the gun was fired. She also said that she was the one who called 911.

“This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.” Mitchell shared.

Production and filming of Rust have since been halted. The case is currently in the preliminary stages of investigation.