Brandon Lee’s household responds to deadly prop gun capturing on Alec Baldwin movie set: ‘No one ought to ever be killed by a gun on a movie set’

Brandon Lee in the 1992 film, Rapid Fire (Photo: 20th Century Fox Film Corp/Courtesy Everett Collection)
Brandon Lee within the 1992 movie, Rapid Fire. The actor was fatally wounded by a prop gun on the set of The Crow. (Photo: 20th Century Fox Film Corp/Courtesy Everett Collection)

When information broke {that a} deadly capturing involving a prop gun occurred on the Santa Fe, New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin movie, Rust, many drew a connection to an identical tragedy that claimed the lifetime of Brandon Lee through the manufacturing of the 1994 movie, The Crow. Now, Shannon Lee — Brandon’s sister — has issued a press release via her sibling’s official Twitter account. 

“Our hearts go out the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident of on Rust,” she writes, referencing the movie’s cinematographer and director respectively. “No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.” 

New particulars in regards to the incident on the Rust set are nonetheless rising, however a press release obtained by Yahoo Entertainment from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office states: “Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.” Hutchins was taken by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital, the place she later died. Souza was rushed to the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and was reportedly launched in a single day

Brandon Lee’s 1993 loss of life on the set of The Crow despatched shockwaves via the movie trade, and plenty of voices on-line have expressed a combination of shock and sorrow that historical past has appeared to repeat itself nearly thirty years later. The son of legendary martial arts star, Bruce Lee, the 28-year-old actor was filming a scene the place his character Eric Draven — a musician who returns from the grave to avenge his lover’s homicide — is shot by a road gang member. 

Brandon Lee together with his father, legendary martial arts star, Bruce Lee (Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection)

According to contemporaneous reviews, a prop gun that was used for the scene contained dummy bullets that had been improperly manufactured from dwell ammunition. During check firing, a bullet tip grew to become lodged within the handgun barrel. That tip was later fired at Lee — who was not carrying a bulletproof vest — from lower than twenty ft away and struck him within the stomach. The actor was rushed to the hospital, the place he died following six hours of emergency surgical procedure. No felony prices had been finally introduced in opposition to the manufacturing, and The Crow was later accomplished with Lee’s stunt double serving as a stand-in for his remaining scenes. 

Lee’s tragic on-set loss of life has remained a Hollywood cautionary story about gun security for almost three many years. And Shannon Lee’s assertion has allowed followers to mourn his loss — together with the lack of Halyna Hutchins — another time.