Alec Baldwin told prop gun was safe before fatal shooting, court documents reveal

Alec Baldwin told prop gun was safe before fatal shooting, court documents reveal

The gun that actor Alec Baldwin fired on set, fatally injuring a woman, was given to him by a director who told him it was safe, court records have revealed.

Not realising the gun had live rounds, Assistant director Dave Halls told Baldwin it was unloaded when handing it to him by shouting "cold gun!", according to the records.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest in Thursday's shocking incident on the set of the film Rust.

Director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her, was shot in the shoulder. After receiving emergency treatment, he was later discharged from hospital.

The star of  ‘Dr Death’ and 'The Hunt for Red October' said he was "fully cooperating" with authorities to establish how the tragic incident occurred.

The 63-year-old was questioned by the police and offered to give a statement voluntarily, the authorities confirmed.

No-one has been charged over the incident, following which, production on the movie was immediately shut down.

"As the assistant director handed the gun to the actor Alec Baldwin, (he) yelled 'cold gun', indicating the prop gun did not have any live rounds," the affidavit said of the build up to the incident.

The Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood reported that several members of the crew had walked off the set hours before the tragedy took place.

Baldwin later took to social media to express his "shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident" that killed Ms Hutchins.

He continued: "[my] heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."