'Rust' Gaffer Shares 'Last Photo' of Halyna Hutchins Before Fatal Shooting

One of Halyna Hutchins' final moments before she was fatally shot on the set of the movie Rust has been shared on social media by her colleague.

On Thursday, Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the New Mexico set, leading to cinematographer Hutchins' death and the injury of writer-director Joel Souza.

Serge Svetnoy, who served as the electrician on the film set, took to his Facebook account the following day to share a photo of Hutchins before her death.

"[T]his is the last photo with Halyna on set," Svetnoy captioned the image, which appeared to have been taken inside a small church on the Rust set.

Hutchins is seen standing with her back to the person who took the photo as she wears a tan beanie and headset while facing Baldwin, who is in costume as 19th-century western outlaw Harland Rust.

Several crew members surround Baldwin and Hutchins as the camera operator appears to be setting up for a take.

It is not known how long after the photo was taken the prop gun shooting occurred.

Svetnoy returned to Facebook on Sunday to reveal that he held Hutchins in his arms after she had been shot.

"Yes, I was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Halyna during this fatal shot that took her life and injured the director Joel Souza," he wrote. "I was holding her in my arms while she was dying. Her blood was on my hands."

The gaffer further went on to state that Hutchins' death was the result of "negligence and unprofessionalism.

"The negligence from the person who was supposed to check the weapon on the site did not do this; the person who had to announce that the loaded gun was on the site did not do this; the person who should have checked this weapon before bringing it to the set did not do it," he said. "And the DEATH OF THE HUMAN IS THE RESULT!"

Late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Cafe Terigo on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah. Hutchins passed away on Thursday, after she was shot on the set of the movie "Rust." Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie

"We have a fascinating and amazing job, but it's also dangerous," he continued later in the post. "We film in the mountains, in the open water, underwater. We have explosions, shooting guns, car crashes, electricity after all, and much more."

Turning his attention to film directors, Svetnoy went on: "To save a dime sometimes, you hire people who are not fully qualified for the complicated and dangerous job, and you risk the lives of the other people who are close and your lives as well.

"I understand that you always fight for the budget, but you cannot allow this to happen. There should always be at least one professional in each department who knows the job. It is an absolute must to avoid such a tragedy, like the tragedy with Halyna.

"I do not wish anyone to go through what I went through, what her husband @Matt Hutchins and her son Andros went through, and the actor Alec Baldwin, who has been handed a gun on set. He has to live with the thought that he took the life of the human because of unprofessional people.

"Dear Producers, by hiring professionals, you are buying peace of mind for yourself and the people around you. It is true that the professionals can cost a little more and sometimes can be a little bit more demanding, but it is worth it. No saved penny is worth the LIFE of the person!"

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He concluded: "And finally, dear Producers, please remember that it's not you who are giving the opportunities to the people you hire make their money; it's the people you hire who help You make Your money. Remember this!"

Police investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting have not stated whether any form of negligence led to Hutchins' death.

Per a search warrant affidavit from the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office, Baldwin was handed a prop gun by assistant director Dave Halls, who picked the weapon up from a rolling cart prepared by the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed.

According to the search warrant, Halls shouted "cold gun," to indicate that the gun was not loaded and safe to handle.

Baldwin and Halls were both unaware that the gun contained any live rounds.

On Friday, Baldwin released a statement on Twitter, expressing his "shock and sadness," adding that he was "fully cooperating" with the police investigation.

Production on Rust has been halted at least until the police investigation has concluded.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin attends the World Premiere of National Geographic Documentary Films' 'The First Wave' at Hamptons International Film Festival on October 07, 2021 in East Hampton, New York. Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of his movie "Rust," leading to the death of Halyna Hutchins and injuring writer-director Joel Souza. Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for National Geographic