Irony: Will fiercely anti-gun activist Alec Baldwin be arrested for fatally shooting crew member on movie set?

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SANTA FE COUNTY, NM – According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, 68-year-old actor Alec Baldwin reportedly shot two crew members on set while filming the movie “Rust”, killing one of the crew members and injuring another.

The incident occurred on October 21st at approximately 1:50 p.m., where authorities say that Baldwin was handling a “prop” firearm when he discharged the weapon and shot 42-year-old director of photography Halyna Hutchins and 48-year-old director Joel Souza.

Hutchins was reportedly transported to University of New Mexico Hospital via helicopter and was later pronounced deceased by medical personnel. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center, where his condition is currently unclear.

A statement from the sheriff’s office made mention of the “prop” firearm that Baldwin reportedly discharged, noting that detectives are currently investigating:

“According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged. Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

Details on the prop firearm are limited as of this writing, but the film in question is reportedly a Western that is set in the 1880s.

According to a report from NPR, a spokesperson for Baldwin claims that “there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” but officials haven’t come out yet with details on what exactly was discharged from the firearm to cause the incident.

John Lindley, president of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, and Rebecca Rhine, the executive director, issued the following statement about the death of Hutchins:

“We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the Director of Photography on a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico died from injuries sustained on the set.

The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”

The late Hutchins was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019, with her career starting with numerous short films after graduating the American Film Institute in 2015. She made her big break after working on the 2020 film “Archenemy”.

Michael Pessah, a cinematographer who was also friend of Hutchins, stated the following about the victim:

“She’s a wonderful, positive, creative person that was so excited to be breaking through and making movies. She was really on the upswing.”

No charges have been filed against Baldwin as of this writing.

The incident in question is reminiscent of the 1993 killing of 28-year-old Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son, who died in March of that year after being fatally shot by what was thought to be a firearm loaded with blanks while filming the movie “The Crow”.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case. 

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Mass shooting goes down at Pennsylvania mall that is apparently a “gun free zone”

(Originally published October 18th, 2021)

LANCASTER, PA– On Sunday, October 17th, a shooting at a Pennsylvania mall left several people injured and shoppers scrambling for safety.

A person who was in the mall at the time of the shooting said the shooting occurred in front of Sephora in the Fountain Shoppes Mall. The shooting at Park City Center in Lancaster, PA, resulted in multiple people being injured and two suspects taken into custody.

According to reports, an argument broke out among four people outside an international food store. One man brandished a gun during the scuffle and it was knocked away by a man who then opened fired. 

On a blurry video posted to Twitter, a panicked witness could be hearing screaming, “Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God!,” after two gunshots were heard going off. The clip, title “Shooting at our local mall today,” showed a woman falling to the floor in a mall corridor as frantic shoppers ran for safety.

Hana Ali said the shooting took place after a fight in front of Tarabek Al-Hana, an international food store she owns along with her sister. Ali said that during the scuffle, one of the men brandished a gun and began making threats to the others.

The gun was knocked from the man’s hand and the second man then mounted him and shot him. A second man, also part of the group, was shot. Ali said:

“Everything went so fast. We were scared so we were hiding behind my register.”

Lindsay Kahn, a spokeswoman for Brookfield Property Partners, which owns the mall, stated that the incident was “unfortunate” and “isolated.” She added:

“We are saddened and angered by the unfortunate, isolated incident that happened in our shopping center today. This is a developing investigation and we need to direct you to our partners at Lancaster PD and PA State Police. We are grateful for their swift action to contain the situation. Our highest priority right now is the well being of our guests and tenants.”

As of Monday, October 18th, the mall remained closed so the investigation could continue. Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams told a reported that the injuries sustained by the gunshot victims were not life-threatening. 

According to reports, the Park City Center is another American retail venue that bans guns, among many other specific activities that are prohibited. This mass shooting again reminds the public that bad people do not pay attention to signs banning firearms or illegal weapons.

One thing that the public can count on is that when someone starts firing in a public place, an armed person who does abide by the law can stop that individual from causing detrimental harm.

This was showcased in the shooting at the White Settlement Church in 2019 when a would-be mass shooter was able to kill only two people before armed security in the church fatally shot the gunman. 

There have been numerous other examples as in the 2007 attempted mass shooting at the Trolley Square Shopping Center in Salt Lake City where an off-duty police officer stopped by killing the shooter. The shooter managed to kill five people, but would have killed many more had an armed, law abiding citizen not been there.

Accidents happen and people make bad judgment calls, but the reality is that if someone is determined to kill as many people as possible, the only thing that can stop that person is a gun.

Rules that disarm law abiding citizens, whether it’s gun bans in shopping malls or leftist laws disarming police, is a gift to those who do not abide by the laws, like people who plan mass shootings. 

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Three officers shot, one killed in ambush shooting outside bar. Murdered deputy was a new dad.

(Originally published October 16th, 2021)

HOUSTON, TX – A deputy with Harris County Constable Precinct 4 was killed and two other deputies were injured in what authorities described as an ambush-style shooting when the deputies were responding to a reported disturbance outside of a bar.

One person of interest was taken into custody regarding the shooting, but authorities do not believe the individual is the shooter.

The incident occurred along the 4400 block of North Freeway at around 2:15 a.m. on October 16th, according to officials.

Three deputies, identified as 30-year-old Kareem Atkins, 28-year-old Darrell Garret, and 26-year-old Juquaim Barthen were all working an extra shift at the 45 Norte Sports Bar and Lounge when two of the deputies heard a commotion going on outside of the bar.

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief James Jones said that the deputies suspected that there may have been a robbery going on outside of the bar and went to investigate. When the three deputies went to check out the commotion, an unidentified individual shot the deputies with a rifle from behind.

Officials say that all three deputies were rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital at Texas Medical Center, where Deputy Atkins later passed from his sustained injuries. The fallen deputy, who had joined Precinct 4 back in January of 2019, leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old child.

Deputy Garnett was shot in his back and has since undergone surgery but remains in the ICU. As for Deputy Barthen, he was reportedly shot in the leg by the suspect.

The search for the shooting suspect is still ongoing, according to reports, with only one person of interest having been taken into custody that investigators claim is not the shooter.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman noted that he’d met with the families of the slain deputy as well as those injured during the shooting, calling it one of the most difficult things he’s ever done in his career in law enforcement:

“This is probably one of the most difficult things in my 36 years that I’ve had to go through in law enforcement… This is a tough time for Precinct 4. I’m asking for all of our community’s thoughts and prayers for our families.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton took to Twitter following the shooting, calling the incident “an evil act” and expressing hope that those involved are arrested quickly: 

“Praying this morning for the family of the fallen Harris County Deputy & for the other 2 still in the hospital. This was an evil act that took this deputies life. A manhunt is currently underway. I hope these perpetrators are apprehended fast.”

The investigation is still ongoing. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case. 

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