VERMONT – EXCLUSIVE: Alec in Hilaria Baldwin stepped for a drink at a bar in Vermont on Friday night when an investigation into a deadly shooting shooting involving a list A star is underway in New Mexico.
Baldwin had an IPA and Hilaria ordered wine. The couple shared a kiss after a a long day with the kids. And they bathed in plate after plate.
Earlier that evening, the hostess at the front door said the bar was closed. And the waiter kept the visitors away all night.
Baldwin’s vacation in New England comes when the film production of “Rust,” of which he is also a part, is under investigation in New Mexico. An accident with a firearm on set led to the death of cameraman Halyne Hutchins, and director Joel Souza was hit in the shoulder by a bullet.
It happened after a crew member allegedly handed Baldwin a loaded .45 caliber revolver during a drill and told him it was a “cold rifle” or safe.
At least four people handled the gun on Oct. 21 – Baldwin, armored Hannah Gutierrez Reed, assistant director David Halls and props master Sarah Zachary, court documents show. Authorities have focused on the first three, and all are working with investigators, the Sheriff’s Department of Santa Fe reports.
Halls told Baldwin that the .45 revolver was a “cold gun,” meaning “not hot” or unfilled, after armored personnel carrier Hannah Gutierrez Reed put it on a wheelchair on set. However, when the actor fired this gun during a rehearsal of the scene, it fired a projectile straight through Hutchins into Souza.
“A.45 Long Colt, it’s … very, very dangerous, a huge penetrating power,” said David Katz, a former senior special agent at the Drug Enforcement Administration and founder and CEO of Global Security Group, a private investigative and security agency. companies.
The incident could lead to serious criminal charges, but more likely for gun handling experts on set than for Baldwin, Katz says.
Halls’ attorney did not respond to a request for comment, while Gutierrez Reed, through his attorneys on Thursday, appeared to have tried and shift the blame to the film’s producer because of the alleged dangerous situation on set.
Katz said that under normal circumstances, such tragedies are prevented by deliberate layers of surplus – inspections, re-inspections and multiple checks. And when we approach a firearm carefully, it is easy to avoid.
He noted that the gutters do not look like a bullet that kills a projectile.
“There’s no question at all – she won’t have a missile blindly,” he said. “Part of the charge, the bullet won’t be here. The charge will either be compressed or it will be some kind of cotton wool or plastic cap because the gunpowder still needs to be contained.”
And careful inspections reduce the risk of something slipping through the cracks. Katz has drawn up a simple plan to follow: Make sure there are live circles on the perimeter. Check inside again. Check while refilling each blank cartridge in the gun. Make sure the barrel is clean. Then keep the weapon closed and secure until it is time to use it – when it is inspected again.
Authorities said they found a mixture of ammunition, fake ammunition and actual ammunition during a search of the kit.
Once in the gun, checking bullets can be more complicated and Katz said it’s impractical to expect actors to learn to check their weapons for each movie. That should fall at the expense of armored vehicles and other experts, he said.
“Give me an hour, I’ll tell you how to hold a gun and look professional,” he said. “You may not be able to really shoot, but you will be able to look professional when you hold this gun – but I wouldn’t trust you to check it out and check the condition. No, unless you’re trained for a little better.”
Nonetheless, he credited the players who coached – praising Keanu Reeves for his work in the “John Wick” franchise and Daniel Day-Lewis in “The Last of the Mohicans”.
The filmmakers could completely avoid this problem by making sure they use weapons modified in a way that they could only shoot with elephants of a special size, Katz said. But it costs a lot of extra money because it makes a functional weapon basically useless for anything but filmmaking.
“Once you do that, you take a gun for $ 500, $ 1,000 or a rifle for $ 2,000, $ 3,000 and destroy it,” he said. “The only use right now is theatrical.”
Some companies are already doing this, he said. Others are willing to do so as long as they have compensation in the budget. And those that do not have industry safety standards.
“There are protocols and for the most part, this is done safely,” Katz said. “But all it takes is one: one human error, one complication.”