The prop gun was supposed to be loaded with blanks instead of real live rounds. Out of the thousands of gun stunts that Hollywood produces every year, there are rarely if ever any accidents, and certainly any fatalities. So it's normal when these things do happen, that a whirlwind of speculation and a media frenzy soon follow.
One of the crew members at the heart of the investigation was Assistant Director David Halls, who allegedly was the last one to handle the prop gun before Baldwin got his hands on it to fire it for the scene. This week, Halls has spoken out in an interview with The New York Post.
Rust Assistant Director Speaks Out
Halls was quick to clarify his position in the matter, reminding people that Hutchins was a friend and one of the most talented people he has worked with in his whole career.
“I’m shocked and saddened by her death,” he said in the official statement. “It’s my hope that this tragedy prompts the industry to reevaluate its values and practices to ensure no one is harmed through the creative process again.”
This comes after reports of safety concerns and gun protocol violations were released from two previous productions Halls worked on, leading many to speculate this could have been an avoidable tragedy. The police investigation that ensued, hasn't yet named any suspects or criminal intent in the case. Although the accident is baffling to those within the industry, we will never really know what happened until the investigation concludes, but Halls will certainly remain a focal point of the proceedings.