INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO ON-SET SHOOTING INVOLVING ALEC BALDWIN
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – So far, we know the who, what and when. Now, authorities are trying to piece together the how and why in the movie-set shooting that left a cinematographer dead, the director wounded – and Alec Baldwin under investigation. Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of the Western “Rust” near Santa Fe, New Mexico, killing photographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. A rep for Baldwin says the shooting was an accident involving a misfire of a prop gun loaded with blanks. Today, Baldwin himself tweeted it was an accident and expressed condolences to Hutchins’ family. The Santa Fe County sheriff’s department says detectives are trying to find out what kind and how many projectiles were discharged. It’s also unclear whether Baldwin was performing at the time – or what kind of weapon was involved.
ALEC BALDWIN TWEETS CONDOLENCES TO VICTIMS
UNDATED (AP) – Alec Baldwin has gone on Twitter to express condolences to the cinematographer he shot to death on a movie set yesterday. He tweets, “there are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins.” Baldwin calls Hutchins “a deeply admired colleague” – and says his “heart is broken” for her family, friends and colleagues. Images of Baldwin taken outside the sheriff’s office yesterday showed him looking distraught.
PROP GUNS – AND DANGER
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The movie-set incident in which Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer with a prop gun raises the question: how can a prop gun kill? The answer centers on what are known as “blanks” – the gunpowder charges that produce the bang and flash you end up seeing on a movie or TV screen. When a blank is fired, the paper or plastic wadding containing the charge is ejected with such force, it can be lethal at close range. In the Baldwin case, investigators want to find out what kind of weapon was used, at what range – and whether it was loaded with a bullet or a blank.
BALDWIN CASE RECALLS PREVIOUS FATAL ACCIDENTS WITH PROP GUNS
UNDATED (AP) – In recent history there have been two notable deaths linked to prop guns. In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died when he fired a prop gun at his head while pretending to play Russian roulette during a break in production. The discharge caused severe brain damage and he died six days later. In 1993, Brandon Lee was killed when a bullet ended up being left in a prop gun.
ROD STEWART PLEA DEAL FALLS THROUGH
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A plea deal between musician Rod Stewart and Florida prosecutors in a battery case has fallen through. And that means the British rock icon and his son are again facing charges stemming from a 2019 New Year’s Eve party. Recently it was reported that a plea deal was reached – and would be announced at a hearing today. But with the talks collapsing, the trial is back on the docket, with a date set for Jan. 25. It’s the second time plea talks have failed. Stewart and his son are charged with roughing up a security guard who wouldn’t let them into a New Year’s Eve party at an upscale hotel in Florida.