In a statement submitted to the New Mexico court, Souza, 48, described the moment the firearm went off.
The 48-year-old told police Baldwin was “sitting in a pew in a church building setting, and he was practicing a cross draw”, according to the press release obtained by PEOPLE.
Joel Souza, director of the film Rust was shot in the shoulder. Picture: Instagram / Getty Images
During the rehearsal, Souza was looking over the shoulder [of Baldwin] when he heard what sounded like a “whip and a loud pop”.
He told police he saw Hutchins “complaining about her stomach and grabbing her midsection” before she “began to stumble backwards and she was assisted to the ground”.
Souza said the incident wasn’t filmed because they were working on setting up the camera for the scene.
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He also confirmed to investigators he heard the film’s assistant director, Dave Halls, yelling “cold gun” before handing the weapon over to Baldwin, meaning the firearm should have been empty.
Investigators also spoke to camera operator Reid Russell, who was standing next to Souza and Hutchins at the time of the incident.
Asked how Baldwin handled the firearm, Russell said the actor “had been very careful” and recalled an earlier instance when Baldwin “made sure it was safe and that a child wasn’t near him when they were discharging a firearm during that scene”.
Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she died from her injuries. Souza was taken by ambulance to Christus St Vincent’s Hospital and has since been released.
“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,” Baldwin wrote in a series of tweets following the incident.
“I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.
“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and love Halyna.”
Tributes pour in for cinematographer who died in an firearm accident involving Alec Baldwin

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