Husband of cinematographer fatally shot on movie set speaks: “Halyna inspired us all”

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The husband of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is speaking out after his wife was fatally shot by actor Alec Baldwin on the “Rust” film set in New Mexico. Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded after Baldwin fired a prop gun that he was told was safe, court documents show.

“Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words,” Matt Hutchins tweeted on Saturday, along with a photo of Halyna and their son. “Our loss is enormous.”

Court records show that the prop gun used in the fatal shooting was handed to Baldwin by an assistant director. The director, documents show, grabbed the gun off of a cart and assured Baldwin it was safe to use and didn’t have live ammo.

“Cold gun,” he had yelled before the fatal shooting.

Matt Hutchins told CBS News that Baldwin has been in touch and is being very supportive of the family. On Friday, Baldwin tweeted that the shooting was a “tragic accident.”

“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,” he said. “I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred… My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

In the wake of her death, the American Film Institute, which Hutchins graduated from in 2015, has created a memorial scholarship fund in Hutchins’ honor.

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