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‘Last photo’ of Halyna Hutchins on set with Alec Baldwin Before Fatal Shooting released online

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‘Last photo’ of Halyna Hutchins on set with Alec Baldwin Before Fatal Shooting released online

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A coworker posted a photo of one of Halyna Hutchins’ final moments before she was tragically killed on the set of the film Rust on social media.

Hutchins, 42, died as a result of her injuries after being shot by a prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of the Western film in Santa Fe, New Mexico, last Thursday.

Serge Svetnoy, a gaffer on the set who was “standing shoulder-to-shoulder” with Hutchins when Baldwin’s gun discharged, uploaded what he called “the last photo with Halyna on set.”

The photograph looks to have been taken inside the little church on the film ranch in New Mexico. Several crew members wait around Baldwin, who is dressed in costume, as the camera operator puts up a shot. Svetnoy identified Hutchins, 42, who was standing in the rear of the group wearing a headphone. She is facing Baldwin, with her back to the photographer.

Rust Gaffer shares last photo of Halyna Hutchins
https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=7116559611702777&set=a.183493761676098

It is unclear when the photograph was taken.

On Sunday, Svetnoy turned to Facebook to disclose that he had Hutchins in his arms after she was shot.

“Yes, I was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured the director Joel Souza,” he wrote. “I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands.”

He stated that he had known Hutchins for many years and had worked with her “on almost all of her films. Sometimes we’ve shared food and water. We’ve been burning under the sun, freezing in the snow on the shoots. We took care of each other. Yes, I can say with 100% confidence she was my friend. WAS!!!”

The gaffer went on to say that Hutchins’ death was caused by “Negligence and unprofessionalism.”

“The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it,” he added. “And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!”

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 28: Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Cafe Terigo on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie)

He went on to call out the producers, saying that to “save a dime” they hired “people who are not fully qualified for the complicated and dangerous job… There is no way a 24-year-old woman can be a professional with armory. Professionals are the people who have spent years on sets, people who know this job from A to Z.”

“I do not wish anyone to go through what I went through, what her husband Matt Hutchins and her son Andros went through, and the actor Alec Baldwin, who has been handed a gun on set,” Svetnoy wrote. “He has to live with the thought that he took the life of the human because of unprofessional people.

“Dear Producers, by hiring professionals, you are buying peace of mind for yourself and the people around you. It is true that the professionals can cost a little more and sometimes can be a little bit more demanding, but it is worth it. No saved penny is worth the LIFE of the person!”

Police have not validated Svetnoy’s claims in his article, and no official finding of negligence has been made so far.

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  1. Ray Painter

    October 29, 2021 at 3:03 am

    My question is why was Alec Baldwin pointing the gun at a photographer ,what and the gun accidentally went off , come on where is the professionalism in that. very grubby if you ask me

  2. Jerry

    October 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Wait a minute, he’s calling out the producers saying they were trying to save a dime and hired an unqualified armorer and then goes on to say he does not wish anyone to go through what the actor Alec Baldwin had gone through, who had been handed a gun on set, but Baldwin is the main producer???

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