Film set shooting victim Halyna was 'my friend', says Alec Baldwin as he breaks silence over tragedy

Actor Alec Baldwin says the cameraman he fatally shot is “my friend” and “in constant contact” with her heartbroken family.

While the investigation into Halyna Hutchins’ death on the New Mexico set of Rust continued, Baldwin first spoke publicly about the tragedy on camera.

“She was my friend,” said the 63-year-old star photographer on a roadside in Vermont.

“We were a very, very well-rehearsed crew who shot a film together and then this terrible event happened.”

Baldwin’s gun is believed to have fired a single live round, which wounded cameraman Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza.

Baldwin, whose wife Hilaria tried several times to keep him from talking, said he was speaking out so photographers would stop following his family.

The actor called the shootout a “one-in-a-trillion event” and said he met with Ms. Hutchins’ husband.

“He’s in shock, he has a nine-year-old son,” he said.

“We are in constant contact with him because we are very worried about his family and his child. As I said, we are eagerly waiting for the police authorities to tell us what their investigations have revealed. “

Investigators said there was “a certain complacency” with gun handling on the set, but it is too early to determine if charges will be brought.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the set was searched 500 rounds of ammunition – a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and suspected live rounds – were found.

Mr Souza, who was behind Ms. Hutchins, told investigators that there should never be live rounds near the crime scene.

Prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies said investigators are still unable to tell if there was negligence or by whom. She called it a complex case that requires more research and analysis.

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