Hollywood star Alec Baldwin broke silence tonight (Friday) and wrote in a tweet that he is fully cooperating with the police investigation, after shooting to death photographer Halina Hatchins on the set of his new film using a gun designed for idle bullets and used as part of the set. Baldwin, who apparently accidentally shot her, said he was in contact with the deceased’s husband, calling the accident a “tragedy” and saying, “My heart is broken.”
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. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and
“There are no words to describe my shock and sadness at the tragic accident that claimed the lives of Halina Hutchins, wife, mother and our highly revered colleague,” Baldwin wrote on his Twitter account. “I fully cooperate with the police investigation to investigate how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, and offer my support to him and the family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halina.”
After the incident, the actor arrived independently at the sheriff’s offices and provided a statement to investigators, detailing the chain of events. At this point, investigators are still trying to decipher how “live” bullets rolled into the set and in particular into the gun intended for idle bullets only. Although the investigation is still in its infancy, at this point it has been clarified that the investigators do not intend to file an indictment against the actor who actually fired the bullet that claimed the photographer’s life.
The victim, 42-year-old filmmaker Halina Hatchins, died of her injuries at the hospital after being fatally wounded in the shooting. In addition, the film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured and taken to hospital, but a few hours after the incident, one of the film’s actresses, Frances Fisher, announced that the injured director had sent her a text message informing her that he had been released.
Killed, filmmaker Halina Hatchins (Photo: Reuters)