On October 22, it was reported that Alec Baldwin was involved in an accidental shooting that killed one person and wounded another on the set of independent film, Rust. Investigations are underway on how the incident occurred while there has been an outpouring of grief on social media for cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins who died in hospital and director Joel Souza who is recovering from his injuries.
Hailey Bieber, the niece to Baldwin, responded to the devastating accident on social media at the weekend.
“Sending all my love to the family of Halyna Hutchins. This is a truly unimaginable and devastating tragedy,” the 24-year-old posted on Instagram stories. “My thoughts are also with Joel Souza as he recovers. I am absolutely heartbroken for everyone involved.”
A source told People that Baldwin was expectedly “hysterical and absolutely inconsolable for hours” following the shooting. He has reportedly cancelled all upcoming projects “to take some time to himself and re-center himself.”
“This was pretty devastating,” the source revealed to the outlet. “This is how he handles difficult times. Whenever something bad happens, in the short term, he removes himself from [the] public eye.”
Baldwin addressed the tragedy in a statement via Instagram and Twitter on Friday.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin wrote. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.
“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” he added.
New reports have found that assistant director Dave Halls has had multiple complaints against him in the past for safety protocols and allegedly handed the prop gun to Baldwin prior to the camera test.
Stay tuned for further developments.