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Halyna Hutchins' Final Words After Alec Baldwin Shot Her On 'Rust' Set Revealed
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died after an accidental on-set shooting while filming a movie in New Mexico with Alec Baldwin, spoke only briefly, according to a fellow crew member.
Still more new details have emerged from the now-paused set of "Rust" outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the cinematographer and director were accidentally shot less than two weeks ago.
Among those details, reported by the Los Angeles Times, are the last words of the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, who was pronounced dead after being airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
Hutchins, along with director Joel Souza and a B-cam operator named Russell, had been standing together at Russell's equipment watching on the small monitor as actor Alec Baldwin ran through the blocking of a scene that assistant director Dave Halls had just shown him. Halls had pulled the gun three times while demonstrating where Baldwin should position himself, but never pulled the trigger.
They were two feet from Baldwin as he ran through the scene in a church.
"'So,' [Baldwin] had said, placing his hand on the Colt .45 revolver in its holster, 'I guess I'm gonna take this out, pull it, and go, ‘Bang!''" the Times reported.
Instead, because there was a suspected live round in the gun — and though Halls had told Baldwin and the rest of the crew that the gun was "cold," i.e., unloaded — when Baldwin demonstrated the move, the gun fired a bullet in the direction of Russell, Hutchins and Souza. It barely missed Russell, hit Hutchins in the chest and exited her body, hitting Souza.
Hutchins, bleeding from her chest and back, fell into the arms of the chief electrician, Serge Svetnoy, according to the paper. He helped lay her on the ground, and said in a Facebook post that he held his long-time friend while she was dying.
"What the f--- was that? That burns!" yelled Souza, who also fell to the ground injured.
The church was filled with crew members waiting to start filming; they called for the on-site medic, Cherlyn Schaefer, and tried to stop Hutchins' bleeding while the film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, ran outside and called 911 at 1:46 p.m. Shaefer arrived and applied pressure to Hutchins' wounds, hooked her up to oxygen and monitored her vitals.
A boom mic operator near Hutchins said to her “Oh, that was no good,” according to the paper
“No, that was no good," Hutchins replied. "That was no good at all.”
Two ambulances arrived at 2:08, one of which ultimately transported Souza to the St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe; a helicopter to airlift Hutchins to Albuquerque arrived at 2:15 p.m. but was not able to depart with Hutchins until 2:50 p.m.
Once the crew was released from the scene by police and the production team, Russell drove to Albuquerque to check on Hutchins. He was with one of the camera crew members, Lane Luper, who had quit earlier in the day, when they both learned that Hutchins had died.