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Alec Baldwin named among two dozen individuals and businesses in wrongful-death lawsuit

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A rusted chain hangs on the fence at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. New Mexico authorities said they have recovered a lead projectile believed to have been fired from the gun used in the fatal movie-set shooting. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Alec Baldwin is among more than two dozen individuals and businesses named as defendants in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Tuesday by the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchhins, who was fatally shot in October on the set of the movie Rust.

According to a report by the Santa Fe New Mexican, the complaint says that “Halyna Hutchins deserved to live” and that the defendants had the power to prevent her death, if they had only carried out their duty to protect the safety of every individual on a set where firearms were present.

Instead, the complaint says corners were cut on safety procedures where human lives were at stake, rushing in order to stay on schedule and ignoring numerous complaints of safety violations.

According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Hutchins was struck and killed by a bullet that discharged from a revolver Baldwin was holding during rehearsal.

The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Hutchins’ husband and the couple's 9-year-old son alleges negligence and reckless conduct. It is seeking compensation for Hutchins’ suffering and death, her loss of income, funeral and burial costs, and punitive damages.

Gino Gutierrez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Gino found interest in broadcasting after falling in love with sports and sports broadcasting. He attended the University of New Mexico, where he majored in mass media journalism. While at UNM, he worked the New Mexico Daily Lobo, serving as both sports and managing editor. He can also be heard providing play-by-play commentary for the Lobo Hockey Network.