Alec Baldwin gave a stuntman a prop gun on the set of a “Morning Joe” segment, sources tell Fox News – only to have the gun go off accidentally and kill the stuntman, as well as injure Baldwin’s young daughter.
According to sources on the set of “Morning Joe,” the gun being used was black laser sighted, and no ammunition was ever used, as each episode was recorded separately.
But according to an eyewitness who spoke with Fox News, while Baldwin was off-camera and not in the fight scene, a crew member in the fight scene was carrying the prop gun, which had no ammunition. During the scene, one of the stuntmen on the set of the show was stabbed by the laser sight, which went off. As the weapon didn’t have ammunition, crew members immediately cleared the set and rushed the victim to the hospital.
Baldwin’s daughter, Carmen, was still on the set. The injured man was pronounced dead by an ambulance, but passed away after treatment.
The Huffington Post initially reported a production staff member named Dennis DaSilva was stabbed by a prop gun during the stunt, and the man was rushed to the hospital where he later died. But various members of the production staff deny that this is the case.
A source told Fox News that it was another crew member who was being stabbed by a prop gun during the fight scene, and the accident occurred when he was being restrained by two crew members who immediately confiscated the gun from him.
“Baldwin did not come on set and as far as we know no one on his crew was hurt in any way,” a source on the set told Fox News, in response to the Huffington Post report. “Baldwin did not bring a gun onto the set. The weapon was only on the table where it should be. When the fight scene was shot, nobody even thought about the gun or the laser sight. Everybody was just so focused on getting that fight scene done.”
“The fact that this came out in the media is baffling,” the source added. “If anything, this is adding to the over-reaction that’s already out there. The cameraman and the guard were not hurt, and nobody was injured.”
Fox News sent a request for comment to Baldwin’s representative about the incident, but hasn’t heard back yet.
Tony Lee contributed to this report.