Souza spoke to investigators on Friday, according to an affidavit for a search warrant issued by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.
The affidavit states that Souza told him that Baldwin “was sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw.” A cross draw occurs when a shooter draws a weapon from a holster on the opposite side of the body.
According to the affidavit, Souza was looking over Hutchins’ shoulder “when she heard what sounded like a whip and then popped loudly”.
The document said Souza remembered Hutchins “complaining about his stomach and grabbing his middle after he was shot”.
The affidavit said investigators also spoke to camera operator Reed Russell, who was standing next to Souza and Hutchins at the time of the incident.
Investigators said Russell remembered Hutchins saying “she couldn’t feel her legs” and that doctors treated her because she was bleeding on the floor.
Both Souza and Russell admitted to having difficulties on set that day due to a walkout by some members of the camera department over payment and accommodation. Due to labor problems, Souza stated that he only had one camera available to use that day, and it was not recording at the time of the incident.
Souza also confirmed to an investigator that he heard the word “cold gun” on set, implying that the gun should have been empty.
According to the warrant, Souza said that the three men were handling guns or firearms for the scenes – they were checked by armorer and first the assistant director and then given to the actor using them.
The investigator said Souza was not aware that anyone on the set was being checked whether they had live ammunition before or after the scenes were filmed.
“The only thing that has been investigated is that they contain firearms to avoid live ammunition. There should never be live rounds in or around the scene,” Joel (Souza) said in the affidavit.
Representatives for Souza have not returned Granthshala’s requests for comment.
According to the affidavit, Russell told investigators that Baldwin was “trying to explain how he was going to take out the gun and where his hand would be when the shotgun was pulled from the holster.”
The affidavit said, Russell “was not sure why the gun was released and only remembered the loud bang from the gun.”
When asked how Baldwin handled the firearm, Russell told investigators that the actor was “very careful” and recalled an earlier instance when Baldwin “made sure it was safe and that a child was not with him when He was discharging a shotgun during that scene.”
The search warrant sought to recover any footage, video cameras, computer equipment and memory cards used by the cameras on the set.
No charges have been filed in the incident. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says it will discuss the matter further at a news conference on Wednesday.
The assistant director was the subject of complaints
According to an earlier search warrant affidavit, the film’s assistant director David Hall handed Baldwin the prop gun before shooting and shouted “cold gun”, a comment meant to indicate that the weapon did not have live rounds.
The affidavit states that Baldwin was given one of three prop guns that had been installed in a carriage by Armor for the film and that Hall did not know that the gun contained live rounds.
Complaints against Hall included disobeying safety protocols for the use of weapons and pyrotechnics, blocking fire lanes and exits, and instances of inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Maggie Gaul, an IATSE Local 44 prop maker and licensed pyrotechnician, said in a statement to Granthshala that while working on Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series in February and May of 2019, Hall held security meetings. neglected to do so and consistently failed to announce. The presence of a firearm on set for the crew, as is protocol.
Hall did not respond to Granthshala’s request for comment about Gall’s allegations.
Armor, who designed the prop gun used by Baldwin, was identified in search warrant documents as Hannah Gutierrez. She had recently completed work on her first project as Head Armour, she said in a September podcast interview.
“I was really nervous about it at first,” Gutierrez said of working as Head Armor on the set of “The Old Way” starring Nicolas Cage.
“I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure I was ready, but doing it like it went really smoothly,” she said in an interview on the Voice of the West podcast, dedicated to Old West.
He said his job as an armorer ranged from teaching actors to wear gun belts to aiming and shooting.
‘She was my idol’
Hutchins’ husband described the loss of his wife as “huge”.
In an interview with the Kiev Post on Friday, Helena Hutchins’ sister Svetlana Androsovich said her family is grieving.
Androsovich said, “I can’t understand (she passed away). I loved her so much … I was very proud of her and she was my idol.” “This loss is a great loss for our family, and I see how hard it is for our parents. Hopefully, time will ease our heartache.”
Granthshala has reached out to Androsovich but has not heard back.
Hundreds of mourners flocked to the Albuquerque Civic Plaza Saturday evening for a candlelight wake to remember Hutchins.
The Jagran was organized by IATSE Local 600 and IATSE Local 480, chapters of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union – representing workers in various roles in the entertainment industry.
Among the speakers was International Cinematographers Guild President John Lindley, who acknowledged that grief can easily turn into anger after a tragic loss, as well as warned union members to “hold on to anger for more support now”. family during this time.”
The final speaker of the night was Len Looper, a crew member of “Rust” who said he had met with Hutchins about seven weeks ago. “I would have been lucky to do another movie with that kind of person,” said Looper, who was clearly emotional. “She was an amazing mother and wife and just an amazing soul, and I really hope there are more people like her out there.”
Baldwin said in a tweet on Friday that he was heartbroken and that he was cooperating fully with the police.
“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and deeply admired colleague Helena Hutchins,” Baldwin said. “My heart breaks for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halina.”
Granthshala’s Gregory Lemos, Mayumi Maruyama, Karen Smith and Lucy Kafanov contributed to this report.
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