Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said that she was “shocked” and “completely astonished” when she first heard about the shooting on the set of the movie “Rust.”
“I got a text message actually from someone at my office, and I didn't believe it,” Carmack-Altwies said in an interview Wednesday. “I was completely astonished and then I think I got about 40 more text messages confirming that from people at my office.”
The district attorney said she was under the impression that movie sets were “safer and more protected.”
“The entire situation has shocked me. I was under the assumption, probably with most other people in this country, that movie sets were much safer and more protected than I think that at least this movie was,” she said.
A crew member working on the “Rust” set said the on-set death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was the result of “negligence and unprofessionalism.”
The movie’s producers said in a statement released to the media Friday it was not aware of prop safety issues prior to the fatal shooting.