SANTE FE COUNTY, NM. (THECOUNT) — One week before Alec Baldwin fired the handgun fatally striking cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie “Rust,” he was delivering a video lecture on public safety.

The Baldwin video, uploaded to Tik Tok and now going viral on Twitter, talks about COVID safety, comparing it to other sacrifices Americans historically made, like conserving “sugar,” and “rubber,” during World War II.


“In my opinion, this is most certainly a war against this vaccine [sic], this a war,” Baldwin said in an Oct. 17 TikTok video.

“And when we had a war in this country — you know, World War II is the ultimate example, people were asked to sacrifice to fight the war. Simple things — sugar, rubber, you name it … The American people were asked to chip in on an effort to win the war.”

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office say Baldwin discharged a prop weapon on the set of “Rust,” a western being filmed near Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, was shot dead during the incident that occurred Thursday afternoon. The director of the movie, Joel Souza, was wounded in the shooting and remains hospitalized.

According to reports, Baldwin, 63, confirmed there was an accident involving the misfire of a prop gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. The shooting occurred at the Bonanza Creek Ranch around 2 p.m. Thursday.

The ranch is located at, Bonanza Creek Ln in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating what type of projectile was discharged and how.

No charges have yet been filed.

Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel of gunshot injuries.

Souza, 48, was transported to an area hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Bonanza Creek Ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western “News of the World.”


Geo quick facts: Santa Fe County is located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 144,170, making it New Mexico’s third-most populous county, after Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County. Its county seat is Santa Fe, the state capital – Wikipedia.