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Alec Baldwin is being haunted by an old tweet where he allegedly asked what it felt like for an officer to “kill someone” following the actor’s accidental and tragic shooting of his cinematographer on the set of his new movie “Rust.”
The actor reportedly sent out the vicious tweet four years ago on Sept. 23, 2017, following Huntington Beach police officer Eric Esparza shooting and killing a violent suspect named Dillan Tabares who punched him and then reached for his gun. The incident was caught on video.
“I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted concerning the shooting that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office later found was justified.
The words of that ill-considered tweet are now coming back to haunt the actor after he accidentally shot and killed his director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42 on Thursday. The shot from a prop gun also injured his director, Joel Souza, 48, on the New Mexico set of Baldwin’s indy film.
Alec Baldwin 2017 tweet is going viral ! pic.twitter.com/GBseLWbyvb
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) October 22, 2021
“Alec Baldwin tweet in 2017: ‘I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…’ Four years later, his tweet came to past [sic]: ‘JUST IN: Alec Baldwin accidentally shoots woman dead on set with a prop gun’ Always mind what you say on ds streets,” wrote a person on Twitter sharing Baldwin’s quote.
Alec Baldwin tweet in 2017:
"I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…"
Four years later, his tweet came to past:
"JUST IN: Alec Baldwin accidentally shoots woman dead on set with a prop gun"
Always mind what you say on ds streets😭 pic.twitter.com/mN1lzjitSS
— 2oDds sPecIaLiSt🔄 (@SeyipEteRs_) October 22, 2021
Others mercilessly slammed Baldwin over the accident. One person stated that it was an example of “when the self-righteous demonstrate hypocrisy.”
Re Alec Baldwin: when the self-righteous demonstrate hypocrisy.
"The outspoken star actor tweeted back on 9/22/17: "I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone" when a California cop shot dead a man in front of a 7-11 Credit: Twitter/Alec Baldwin"
— 🇺🇸 JDD (@JDDII8) October 22, 2021
“What u put into this Universe will always be what u receive in this Universe!!!” someone else noted.
What u put into this Universe will always be what u receive in this Universe!!!
— Mighty Mouse (@Florida941Man) October 22, 2021
The officer that Baldwin tweeted about was never charged in connection to the shooting of Tabares. The suspect was a homeless Navy veteran who may have had mental issues.
Tabaras’ DNA was found on the grip of Esparza’s gun and his flashlight which was evidence enough that the suspect had indeed gone for his weapon.
Despite overwhelming evidence that included DNA and a video, an appellate court ruled earlier this year in favor of Tabares’ mother in a lawsuit. The ruling stated that a jury could potentially find the officer acted unreasonably by firing his weapon seven times.
The case is pending and will go before the federal district court in Santa Ana, the Los Angeles Times reported in February.
Baldwin repeatedly asked why he was given a “hot gun” after the tragedy occurred. “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” the 63-year-old actor allegedly kept saying. He was reportedly in tears after the accident.
A witness claimed he was in shock following the accident and he “had no idea how badly they were hurt or Halyna was dead.”
“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office declared in a statement.
Baldwin took to Twitter to express his sadness and shock over the tragic event:
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. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and
— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) October 22, 2021
2- 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 loved Halyna.
— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) October 22, 2021
Business Insider is reporting that the gun contained a “live round,” according to an email that IATSE Local 44, a prop master’s union, sent out to its members on Friday.
The email also claimed that the prop master that was on-set was not a member of Local 44, IndieWire reported.
Baldwin was questioned but not charged by authorities.
The leftist actor was harangued on social media for his past tweet. Others questioned the prop master:
this did not age well
— Bruce (@BruceWaynRises) October 22, 2021
Hey, who knew gun safety was a thing? Oh that’s right, the millions of responsible gun owners around the world.
— Liger Zero (@Liger0Phoenix) October 22, 2021
— startchangeri (@startchangeri) October 22, 2021
Can you now elaborate Mr. Baldwin? You could just release it on social media
— I Identify As A Horse (@detliogerss) October 22, 2021
Yes. Alec, please advise.
— Donny Karr (@DonnyKarr) October 22, 2021
I wonder how it must feel to be the suspect in a homicide?
— Johnny5 (@SDYankee69) October 22, 2021
I still don’t understand how you can give a Hollywood actor a gun and not teach them basic gun safety rules.
Why is that not mandatory?
— KristoferA 🌏 (@KristoferA) October 22, 2021
Aged like milk
— ｢ogandojr｣ (@lv_ogandojr) October 22, 2021
I’m sorry but if the people responsible for the safety on set tells the actor to point and pull the trigger of the ‘prop gun’ which is just a real gun, then that is the irresponsibility and fault of the safety officer that was on set! Btw correct me if I misunderstood something
— TheXeno (@theXenomorph6) October 22, 2021
This aged well. Now you can tell us how it feels! Responsible gun owners know not to point guns at people you don’t plan to shoot. Also this wasn’t an accident. You don’t keep live ammunition near guns used for props.
— Jeff Rains (@jeffreyrains04) October 22, 2021
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