Baldwin rehearsing aiming gun at lens when he fired fatal shot: US media

US actor Alec Baldwin has said he is cooperating with police investigating the killing of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. AFP/Angela Weiss

LOS ANGELES - Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene that involved pointing a prop gun at the camera lens when he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, US media reported, citing an affidavit recording his director's account of the tragedy.

Director Joel Souza, who was standing behind Hutchins when the gun fired, said he heard what "sounded like a whip and then loud pop," according to the affidavit released to US media on Sunday.

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Souza said Baldwin was "sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw. Joel said he was looking over the shoulder of Halayna" when he heard the gun fire, NBC News reported the affidavit as saying.

It quotes Souza as saying he remembered Hutchins "complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection."

A photo of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is seen above the shadows of people approaching a memorial table during a candlelight vigil after she was killed by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin. AFP/David McNew

"Joel also said Halayna began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground," the affidavit said, according to NBC. "Joel explained that he was bleeding from his shoulder and he could see blood on Halayna."

Hutchins was struck in the chest when Baldwin fired the prop gun he had been told was safe on the set of low-budget western "Rust" in New Mexico on Thursday. She was declared dead in hospital hours later.

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Souza was treated by doctors and sent home.

Police are still investigating the shooting, and have executed a search warrant at the set.

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Baldwin has been interviewed by detectives in Santa Fe, and has said he is cooperating fully with the probe.

Attention has also focused on the film's assistant director, Dave Halls, who handed the weapon to the actor, and on the armorer, 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

No one has been charged and no arrests have been made.


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