An affidavit released on Friday indicated that actor Alec Baldwin was told that a prop gun was safe before he fatally shot one person and wounded another, multiple news outlets reported.

The New York Times, which obtained an affidavit of the incident, reported that an assistant director had given Baldwin a prop gun, saying “Cold gun,” meaning that no ammunition was in the weapon. 

The affidavit noted that the assistant director who gave Baldwin the loaded gun “did not know live rounds were in the prop-gun,” according to the newspaper.


The safe prop, however, turned out to be a deadly loaded weapon, which Baldwin fired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding film director Joel Souza, according to the court records obtained by The Associated Press. The Times noted that Souza was released from a Santa Fe hospital later.

A spokesperson for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Hill that a search warrant had been conducted on the set of “Rust” on Friday and said that no one had yet been arrested or charged.

“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 tweeted Friday. “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.”


Photos of a distraught Baldwin could be seen alongside the AP’s news reports.

“The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and everyone associated with the company,” Rust Movie Productions LLC said in a statement, according to the Times. “Though we were not made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down. We will continue to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and offer mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time.”