The incident took place amid security allegations on the set. Sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that several crew members left the set just hours before the shooting. NBC News quoted his source as saying that the gun that killed Hutchins was mistakenly fired before the deadly shot.
Los Angeles Times, Citing his own sources, had previously reported that there were two faults in a prop gun a few days before the shooting, and six hours before the fatal incident, the union camera operator and their assistants quit their jobs in protest of working conditions.
Production company Rust Movie Productions, LLC did not comment on the alleged walkout. In a statement on e! In news, the group said “no official complaints about weapons or prop safety were reported on the set.” However, the company said it would “conduct an internal review of our processes when production ceases.”
“The safety of our cast and crew is a top priority for all concerned with rust production and the company,” the statement said. “We will continue to co-operate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and provide mental health services to the cast and crew at this critical time.”
According to NBC News, investigators want to question three workers who were tasked with making sure Baldwin’s gun was loaded empty.
In addition, the outlet received a call sheet for production on Thursday, listing three people as “Property Master, Property Key Assistant / Armor and Property Assistant”. Tobey BayesThe Hollywood Property Masters Union, a business agent for IATSE Local 44, told the outlet that the three individuals listed were not members of the union.