CBS News’s story indicates that the incident occurred during the filming of a scene, though at this early point in the news, that may or may not be accurate.
Given that the two who were struck by the discharge were on the production team, not actors (and specifically the director and the director of photography), if it was, indeed, during the filming of a scene, I wonder if Baldwin was firing a gun (with blanks) in the direction of the camera, which also happened to be in the direction of the two of them.
This is what makes the most sense; except in the overwhelming majority of cases they would not stand in the line of fire, and if anyone did need to for some unusual reason, there would be bulletproof shields in place. So something less than typical had to have fallen short in the safety protocols.
If the cartridge doesn’t have a bullet then the packing wad wouldn’t carry any weight (literally) as a projectile. Maybe the barrel exploded and they were hit by shrapnel which would explain more than one person being hit.
In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the late martial-arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie “The Crow.″ The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.
Yeah since they’re filming an old west movie, if they’re using a black powder style weapon I could see something like the barrel exploded causing shrapnel forward but not actually causing any rearward damage since the black powder isn’t as powerful as modern gun powder.
I’m seeing people on Twitter DEMAND they stop using “real” guns in films but that seems like a really knee-jerk reaction to a freak accident that happens so rarely the last time this happened was in the 90’s.