When detectives arrived at the scene, they found Hutchinson shot in the chest and Souza shot in the shoulder. Hutchins was quickly airlifted to hospital, where she died. The gun went into police custody with a gun cart, which was left outside the church where they were filming before the scene due to cowardly restrictions.
Souza later said in a statement that the working day started late because seven crew members had left and “Rust” needed to find a new non-union camera crew. The day slowed down because of just one camera, but Souza claims that despite the stress, she was not aware of any fights. He was more focused on the camera and monitor. They weren’t filming when Baldwin pulled out his weapon and pointed it at the camera during rehearsals.
Souza was standing behind Hutchins, and both he and Baldwin believed the gun was cold. He explained that, according to his knowledge of the safety of weapons on set, there should be no live ammunition anywhere near the scene, but the guns themselves are the only thing to be checked before the scene.
New information shows that the gun was used that morning to target practice on beer cans with live ammunition. Needless to say, the pre-death circumstances of Haley Hutchins have opened up many questions about safety in the film industry during productions. We will continue to follow this story as it evolves.