Crew members said that there were two accidental weapon discharges on the set of “Rust” before Thursday’s fatal shooting, according to multiple reports.
Three former crew members who were on set told The New York Times that the discharges occurred on Oct. 16, which prompted a complaint to a supervisor about safety on the set.
The crew members who spoke to the newspaper on the condition of anonymity quit hours before the shooting involving Baldwin due to working conditions and unpaid work.
According to The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the previous incidents, Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally fired two rounds last Saturday after being told that a gun was “cold,” meaning that it had no ammunition in it.
One of the crew members told the newspaper that there should have been an investigation into the incident.
“There were no safety meetings. There was no assurance that it wouldn’t happen again. All they wanted to do was rush, rush, rush,” the crew member told the LA Times.
The report comes as questions emerge about the circumstances that lead up to actor Alec Baldwin fatally shooting the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop gun.
An affidavit released on Friday revealed that an assistant director gave Baldwin the gun and told the actor that it was cold. However, the assistant director did not know live rounds were in the prop gun, according to the document.
Hutchins was pronounced dead at the University of New Mexico hospital. The film’s director Joel Souza was injured and has since been released from a separate hospital.
No one has been charged in connection with the shooting.
Rust Movie Productions, the movie’s production company, has said it was not made aware of official complaints concerning weapons safety, but will be conducting an internal review while production of the film is shut down.
Baldwin said Friday that he was “fully cooperating” with a police investigation on the incident.