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Shooting of Alec Baldwin’s Set: Production Team “Will Pack the Set” Following the “Unspeakable Tragedy” of Halyna Hutchins’ Death |  Ents & Arts News


Production bosses made the decision to “pack the set” on the film Rust after Alec Baldwin shot a gun that fatally killed a cinematographer.

Halyna Hutchins, 42, died after Baldwin unloaded the pistol while filming the new western in New Mexico.

The director of the film Joël Souza, who was standing behind her, was shot in the shoulder.

In a letter to the film crew obtained by NBC News, the production team offers help and support as “we all go through this tragic time and mourn the loss of our colleague and dear friend.”

“We keep in close contact with Halynaand salute their strength in the face of unspeakable tragedy. It is beyond an inspiration “, we can read.

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A view of the entrance to Bonanza Creek Ranch where Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin killed the director of photography

He goes on to say: “As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to complete the package at least until the investigations are completed.

“As such, we are working on when you can pick up your personal items. You should expect an update on the closing schedule tomorrow.”

The production team adds that while their hearts are broken and it’s “hard to see beyond the horizon”, it is a “pause rather than an end.”

“The spirit that brought us all to this special place remains,” the letter adds.

Baldwin, 63, was shooting the gun at his body and pointing it at a camera during rehearsal on the set of Rust when the gun fired and hit the cinematographer in the chest, according to court documents released on Sunday.

The Hollywood actor had learned the handgun was unloaded, authorities in Santa Fe said.

Shooting of Alec Baldwin’s Set: Production Team “Will Pack the Set” Following the “Unspeakable Tragedy” of Halyna Hutchins’ Death |  Ents & Arts News
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Security guards stand near the entrance to Bonanza Creek Ranch

Joel said they had Alec sitting on a bench in a church building, and he was doing a cross-draw. Joel said he was looking over (Hutchins’) shoulder when he heard which sounded like a whip, then a loud noise, “read the documents.

He also indicates that Ms. Hutchins was shot in the chest.

“Joel then vaguely remembers (Hutchins) complaining about her stomach and grabbing her stomach. Joël also said that (Hutchins) started to stumble back and that she was helped on the ground,” adds he does.

Shooting of Alec Baldwin’s Set: Production Team “Will Pack the Set” Following the “Unspeakable Tragedy” of Halyna Hutchins’ Death |  Ents & Arts News
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Halyna Hutchins was shot on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust with a propeller pistol

Cameraman Reid Russel, who was standing next to Ms Hutchins at the time of the shooting, told officials she also complained about not being able to feel her legs.

The latest developments come as a distraught Baldwin was pictured outside a Santa Fe hotel on Saturday kissing and speaking with Matt Hutchins, Halyna Hutchins’ husband, and their nine-year-old son.

Shooting of Alec Baldwin’s Set: Production Team “Will Pack the Set” Following the “Unspeakable Tragedy” of Halyna Hutchins’ Death |  Ents & Arts News
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Actor Alec Baldwin leaving New York court in 2019

The letter from the film’s production team also said it supported Mr Souza in his recovery – after the filmmaker said he was “eviscerated” by the death of his friend and colleague.

He reminds the crew of the “support resources we have made available to you” and encourages them to “contact the grief counselors in person and online at any time”.

Production bosses said they are also still cooperating with police as the investigation continues, adding that they are “conducting an internal review of security protocols.”

“As with any ongoing investigation, we are limited in our ability to say anything more publicly or privately, and we ask for your patience in this regard.”

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