Complete Timeline of Events Included in the Rust movie set fatal shooting
After cinematographer Halyna Hutchins has tragically died when a toy gun went off set in New Mexico during the filming of “Rust,” a yearlong criminal investigation, many lawsuits, and touching remembrances ensued. The celebrity Alec Baldwin is one of several people arrested and charged in connection with the fatal shooting. Below is an overview of the shocking occurrence that shocked the entertainment business.
October 6th, 2021: Production has begun
According to the New Mexico Film Office, shooting for “Rust” has begun in Santa Fe and is expected to go through early November 2021.
Oct. 21, 2021 – Tragic Incident occurred
A gun was fired during a rehearsal on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie “Rust,” which was filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Hutchins’s chest is struck, and the same round also injures Souza’s shoulder. The assistant director who gave Baldwin the weapon, named David Halls, did not realize it was loaded, according to the police report. Prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies stated in a statement that Halls pled guilty to negligent use of a deadly weapon. Before Halls, the gun had been handled by set armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who is also being charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Dec. 1, 2021 – Baldwin addressed for the first time
In the first comprehensive interview regarding the shooting, Baldwin tells ABC News journalist George Stephanopoulos, “I didn’t pull the shot.”
Jan. 12, 2022 – Lawsuit by Reed
Gutierrez Reed claims in his lawsuit that PDQ Arm and Prop LLC, owned by prop supplier Seth Kenney, brought live ammunition onto the set.
Feb. 15, 2022 –
The Hutchins family sues Baldwin and others involved in the set’s lack of safety measures for the death of Halyna. Baldwin did more than just star in the picture; he also produced it. The production company behind “Rust” was fined on April 20th, 2022. The Occupational Health and Safety Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department cited Rust Movie Productions for “willful” violations that resulted in Hutchins’ “avoidable death,” issuing a total penalty of $136,793. There is a maximum fine of $1,000, and the citation level is the highest possible in New Mexico.
October 5, 2022: Hutchins family publicly announced a settlement made
Halyna’s husband, Matthew Hutchins, took over as the film’s executive producer as part of the settlement. It was stated that principal photography would resume with the same cast and director in January 2023. The District Attorney will now take over the inquiry begun by the Sheriff on October 27th, 2022. It has been confirmed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office that they have sent their report to Santa Fe First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, who will determine whether or not to file criminal charges against those responsible for the killing.
November 11, 2022: Baldwin has initiated legal action.
Baldwin sued over the deadly shooting, accusing multiple cast and crew members of carelessness. The screenplay supervisor for the film initially filed suit against the film’s first assistant director, armorer, ammunition supplier, and prop master.
November 18, 2022: Investigation report released
The sheriff released an investigation report. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has published its investigation into the fatal gunshot, which spans 550 pages.
January 19th, 2023: Charges will be announced
Involuntary manslaughter charges were announced for both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed. Halls has already entered a plea of no contest for the careless use of a deadly weapon. After reviewing the case, the district attorney’s office has decided not to press charges in the shooting of Souza.