Woman killed by prop gun discharged by Alec Baldwin on New Mexico movie set: reports

A woman has been killed and a man injured Thursday after they were shot by a prop firearm at a movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said.

Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times and the Santa Fe New Mexican reported the movie’s star and producer Alec Baldwin fired the fatal shot, citing the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said a 42-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital, where she died, while a 42-year-old man was getting emergency care at another hospital.

Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, citing a sheriff’s office statement, said the woman killed was cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, while the man injured was director Joel Souza.

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Production has been halted on the Western movie “Rust,” which was also written by Souza with Baldwin producing and starring in it.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get comment from him were unsuccessful.

“According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios told the Albuquerque Journal. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

Deputies responded about 2 p.m. to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls came in of a person being shot on set, Rios said.

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Filming for “Rust” was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.

The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website. The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.

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.

In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the television series “Cover Up.”

–With files from Global News

© 2021 The Canadian Press

B.C. musicians band together to fight anti-Asian racism

There is power in numbers and in just a few short months the Asian Persuasion All Stars have been doing everything they can to lend their voice to fight anti-Asian racism. Jay Durant has the story of how a group of Vancouver musicians are hoping to make a difference.

You can call them a supergroup of sorts.

Many of the musicians in the newly formed Asian Persuasion All Stars have been on the Vancouver scene for decades now, each performing in their own respective bands.

But they’ve come together, some meeting for the first time not too long ago, galvanized after seeing racist attacks in the Asian community.

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“(I’m) very disgusted. It’s terrible. It’s cowardly,” drummer Tony Lee told Global News.

“These are our nieces, our mothers, our aunts, our uncles,” added guitarist Tim Chan.

There is power in numbers and in just a few short months the 12 band members have been doing everything they can to lend their voice to fight anti-Asian racism. They recently released a cover of the reggae classic Racist Friend.

“It’s a simple message: if you have a racist friend then it’s time for your friendship to end,” Chan said.

They held a live show at LanaLou’s Restaurant in Vancouver last month. All proceeds from both initiatives are going towards the Elimin8ate hate organization that is working to put an end to ant-Asian racism.

“I’ve seen the videos they’ve done, some of the programs they initiate. They go out and communicate through social media,” Chan said.

The Asian Persuasion All Stars will continue to support the community by performing at the opening night gala for the Vancouver Asian Film Festival on Nov. 4 at the Parq Casino.

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“Here is a group that’s banded together, that’s said that, as a community, ‘This is something we won’t stand for and we’re going to shout it from the rooftops and we’re going to use our music and all our abilities to fight against it,’” said Vancouver Asian Film Festival founder Barbara Lee.

The band describes their experience so far as uplifting. For now the rehearsals will continue, and the music will go on for as long as it takes.

“We like to say we’ll keep going until racism is eliminated,” Chan said.

“I’d love to just keep the momentum flowing because it’s been a great experience.”

To contact Jay Durant with a story idea for This is BC, email him details and contact information at thisisbc@globalnews.ca

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78-year-old pedestrian has 'life-altering' injuries after being hit by vehicle, police say

WATCH ABOVE: Nick Westoll speaks with members of the York Regional Police major collision investigations unit to get a fuller understanding of how math and science propel reconstruction cases forward.

Peel Regional Police officers say a 78-year-old male pedestrian has “life-altering” injuries after he was hit by a vehicle in Mississauga’s west end Thursday evening.

Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Danton Promenade and Derry Road West, near Winston Churchill Boulevard, just after 7 p.m.

An update posted on the service’s Twitter account said the man was taken to a trauma centre in critical condition.

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Meanwhile, officers closed the eastbound lanes of Derry Road West at Danton Promenade as investigators gathered evidence.

The service appealed to anyone who might have witnessed the collision or anyone with video to contact police or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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Sparks fly in fiery French-language Montreal mayoral debate

Sparks flew among Montreal’s three main mayoral candidates during a fiery French-speaking debate.

The participants were Valérie Plante who leads Projet Montréal and is seeking re-election, Ensemble Montréal leader Denis Coderre, who is looking to regain the mayoral seat after loosing the 2017 municipal election to Plante and newcomer Balarama Holness, head of Mouvement Montréal.

Valerie Plante’s Projet Montreal was attacked by Ensemble Montreal leader Denis Coderre for supposedly waging a war on cars due to her party’s plan to build bike paths.

“The three of us are pro-bikes, but only one party is anti-car and that is Projet Montréal,” Coderre said.

Plante was also in the hot seat for not advancing the expansion of the blue line and one of her cornerstone campaign promises, the pink line, a transit project that would run from Lachine through downtown to Montréal-North.

Candidates also questioned Plante’s housing policy.

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Plante says her 20-20-20 housing development bylaw has been working to build affordable housing in the city.

The strategy requires real estate developers to build social, affordable, and family housing.

“That’s not true,” said Denis Coderre.

As Plante began to laugh at his statement, Coderre said, “When you are nervous, you laugh. You are nervous, stop.”

Plante stopped laughing and replied, “Excuse me?” Coderre asking her once again to stop laughing. “Housing is too important,” he said.

Plante rebutted with a question. “Because it’s a problem when someone laughs, Mr. Coderre?”

On the environment, Denis Coderre received a few shots from Plante who criticized his platform for not being detailed enough on what he will do to tackle climate change.

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“How many trees are you planting?” Plante asked, saying Ensemble Montréal’s platform has no numbers.

Things also got heated when sharing ideas about managing and restructuring Montreal Police (SPVM).

Coderre said Plante’s party believes in disarming the police at a time when the city’s crime is high and pushed her on what she’s done to improve the situation.

Plante accused Coderre of disappearing when he was mayor and asked what he did.

“And you Mr. Coderre, during four years when you were mayor…? You left the boat”

Coderre defended himself saying he was taking care of his health.

Balarama Holness was attacked for his statement saying he would do a referendum to determine whether Montreal should become a bilingual city.

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Both Plante and Coderre said it’s not acceptable but Holness defended his position.

“I want to showcase the French language. We recognize that Montreal is a Francophone city but I am also on the side of small businesses, business owners, young people who have legitimate concerns regarding Bill 96,” Holness said.

Bill 96 is Quebec’s overhaul of its strict French language law.

The latest poll conducted by Radio-Canada shows Coderre and Plante in dead heat, Coderre leading with only one percentage point and Balarama Holness in a distant third.

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The debate will likely help French-speaking voters make a decision.

Voters will have a chance to hear the candidates in English during a debate planned for Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The debate is organized by an English media consortium, hosted by Global News Morning host Laura Casella.

It will be broadcast online on Globalnews.ca.

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B.C. business community wary of gaps in new COVID-19 financial support

WATCH: B.C.'s business community is worried that changes to the federal government's COVID-19 business subsidies might leave many still-struggling businesses out in the cold. Ted Chernecki reports.

News of major changes to federal COVID-19 subsidies is being met with wariness in the B.C. business community.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland announced new measures Thursday that will replace the  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which expire on Saturday.

In their place will be the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, which will offer a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent, and the Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.

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But as is often the case with major government programs, the devil will be in the details, according to Greater Vancouver Board of Trade president and CEO Bridgitte Anderson.

“There are details we need to see first, because we are concerned there will be some businesses that fall between the cracks, and either will not qualify for subsidies or the scope will be so narrow that there won’t be enough support,” she told Global News.

“We encourage the government to continue listening, to understand if there’s businesses that don’t qualify here and to be open to changes.”

Laura Jones, executive vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, welcomed the new programs as critical to keeping many businesses afloat.

But she said new, higher thresholds to qualify for the programs — particularly for businesses that aren’t in the tourism and hospitality sector — could leave some operators out in the cold.

Businesses applying for the tourism subsidy will need to show monthly revenue losses averaging 40 per cent, plus a 40 per cent loss in the current month, while businesses applying for the other subsidy will need to show the same, but at 50 per cent.

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“Think about your events industries, think about your gyms, your bowling alleys, your dance studios, these businesses have all been hit really hard and they’re likely to fall out of that (restaurant) category,” Jones said.

“So think about that, you’re a restaurant and you’re down 35 per cent and you’re not qualifying for any help right now? And for other businesses you can be down 45 per cent and not qualify for any help, even though there’s still government restrictions in place that are really affecting your ability to make sales.”

The federal government is aiming to stretch the new programs until May 7, 2022, while seeking the ability to further amend them through July of next year.

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Warning issued after black bear knocks angler over near Tofino

B.C. conservation officers are warning people to stay away from a creek in the Tofino area, after a man was recently knocked over by a black bear.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service says the man was fishing in Kootowis Creek near the intersection of Alaska Pines Road and Kennedy River Road around 2 p.m. on Friday, when the bear came up to him from behind.

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“The bear made contact with the man, who was able to scare the animal away,” the service said.

“Although the bear knocked the man over, he was not injured.”

Conservation officers were deployed to the scene to investigate, and were posting warning signs and monitoring the area.

The service is reminding anyone in the backcountry to take precautions and be prepared for wildlife encounters.

You can find tips on bear safety here.

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Ste. Anne, Man., doctor faces more sexual assault charges

A doctor from St. Anne, Manitoba is facing more legal trouble.

In November 2020, Arcel Bissonnette, who was 61 at the time, was accused of sexually assaulting six patients.

Officers say the alleged incidents happened between 2004 and 2017 and urged if there were other victims, to come forward.

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Police in the community say as a result of that plea, Bissonnette is now facing an additional 16 counts of sexual assault.

The Ste. Anne Police Department said the suspect was working at both the local hospital and medical centre in the town of about 2,100 people.

His name does not appear on the list of practitioners on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba’s website.

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Shorthanded Jets down Ducks for first win of the season

No Mark Scheifele, no Blake Wheeler, no problem for the Winnipeg Jets in their home opener Thursday night.

With two-thirds of their top line in COVID protocol, others were forced to step up and did so in a 5-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, the first win for Winnipeg in the young season.

In front of a nearly full house at Canada Life Centre, the night got off to a rocky start for the home side. Paul Stastny was called for hooking just 77 seconds in and Troy Terry made them pay, the eighth power play goal allowed on the season for the Jets.

But less than two minutes later, Pierre-Luc Dubois finished off a beautiful passing sequence, tucking his third of the season past John Gibson to tie the game. Dubois was skating on a line with Kyle Connor and Evgeny Svechnikov, who helped set up the goal.

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Early in the second, the Jets would strike again. A great slap-pass from Nate Schmidt found Andrew Copp on the doorstep for his third goal of the campaign, giving the Jets a lead they would not relinquish.

The trend of scoring early in periods continued in the third. Late in a power play, Josh Morrissey rifled his second of the season past Gibson to give Winnipeg a 3-1 lead.

Connor’s fourth of the season into an empty net helped seal the deal before he beat Gibson with 74 seconds left for his fifth, after which a number of confused fans (who hadn’t been at an NHL game in a long time) threw hats on the ice, somehow thinking Connor had a hat-trick.

Connor Hellebuyck was busy again in securing two points for the Jets, stopping 38 shots. His American counterpart Gibson made 22 saves in the loss.

The announced attendance for the first full capacity home game since March 9, 2020 was 13,886.

The Jets are back in action Saturday night at home against the Nashville Predators. Pregame show begins at 4 p.m. on Power 97 with the puck dropping shortly after 6 p.m.

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Call of the Wilde: Carolina Hurricanes hand Montreal Canadiens their 5th straight loss of season

The buildup was the return of Jesperi Kotkaniemi to the Bell Centre in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform. He had his best game of the season scoring his first goal on a third period tip in.

And while Kotkaniemi’s return was the good story for the media, the only story the Montreal Canadiens cared about was finding a way to win their first of the season after four losses. But it was not to be either.

Montreal had yet another loss, dropping it 4-1. They are now zero points earned out of 10 this season.

Wilde Horses 

This section has been fairly close to empty this season.

In this one, there really was only the one shining moment when the zero-for-17 run on the power play was finally broken. Nick Suzuki got his first point of the year setting up Tyler Toffoli in front of the net for his first goal of the year. The Canadiens played with some life after that, but could not muster another goal. Montreal has only four goals in five games.

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They had more chances in this one than prior games. Brendan Gallagher had a great look from two feet out. Christian Dvorak had a terrific chance from two feet out.  Jonathan Drouin had a breakaway. But they got one goal. That’s the bottom line.

From an improvement point of view, if you are trying to fill this supposedly positive section with something positive: the Habs had five shots for the first half of the game and 23 shots for the second half of the game. Maybe, just maybe, that is something to build on.

Wilde Goats 

This season is impossible to understand so far. There is considerable talent on this club. They are not last year’s team it is true, but they are not this horrible. Most experts did feel that it would be a transition season for the Canadiens after losing some key men, but the depth of this malaise is unfathomable. Halfway through the contest, the Canadiens had five shots.

They have gone games this season already without even a single good moment offensively. There are too many talented forwards for that to happen. An American Hockey League team could play at the Bell Centre this season and do better than five shots for half a game.

The Canadiens have Brendan Gallagher. The Canadiens have Tyler Toffoli. The Canadiens have Jeff Petry. The Canadiens have Josh Anderson. The Canadiens have Jonathan Drouin. All of these players have had success at the NHL level. They didn’t all forget how to impact games at the NHL level. They all know how to make plays at the NHL level.

As grim as the start of this season has been, this will not continue like this. It can not. They went over 108 minutes without a single goal.

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So why is this so bad?

It is up to the coach to figure out how to create more offence through this lineup, but it won’t be easy, because from the back end there is a big problem noted here many times.

While David Savard, Ben Chiarot, Alexander Romanov, Brett Kulak, Jeff Petry are all NHL defenders, together they do not make a good defensive corps. Overall, they are mismatched, they can’t head man the puck effectively and they can’t combine to create offence.

Overall, they are mostly skilled at defending by collapsing and absorbing. That means a lot of hockey in front of Jake Allen.

So while there is much that is on the coach, the construction of this defence that can defend only is on the General Manager Marc Bergevin. More on that below.

Wilde Cards 

General Manager Marc Bergevin met the media on Wednesday afternoon for an unscheduled impromptu visit. Two important bulletins came out of the news conference.

There is much consternation from some that Bergevin won’t be back next season because his contract runs out at the end of the campaign. Bergevin says that he definitely wants to return to the club. It seems as if this is a simple manner of a contract negotiation where both sides are dug in while they can be dug in. When the season is close to ending and Bergevin needs to look for work next season, the negotiations will get more serious and one would assume will be resolved.

The confidence that they will be resolved with him staying in Montreal centre on the simple fact that there really isn’t a qualified French name who can replace Bergevin. Geoff Molson has always said that he wants a francophone in that GM spot.

There may be francophone names out there like Patrick Roy, but not names that are better than Bergevin.

Personally, my belief is he will never value the modern-day defenceman and won’t ever be able to build a championship calibre team because his blue line choices will always resemble David Savard and never Keith Yandle.

Without a puck-moving defender in today’s NHL game, you can’t succeed. The new blue liner can play both ends of the ice, and absolutely must also keep the puck in the attacking zone as well as handling the duties near his own goalie. The NHL ice now is five players everywhere doing everything.

The other matter of great importance was learning that Shea Weber will not be back this season, and he may have played the last hockey of his career. Bergevin indicated it was a long shot that Weber would ever return. However, he did indicate that he has a plan for Weber in the future. ‘

One would assume this will be in some sort of coaching capacity. It certainly wouldn’t be public relations, though he could also excel at scaring media members with a frightening Roy Keane style of scowl. That certainly was effective on me over the years.

Brian Wilde, a Montreal-based sports writer, brings you Call of the Wilde on globalnews.ca after each Canadiens game.

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22-year-old man charged with 1st-degree murder in connection with Brampton man's death

WATCH ABOVE: Peel Regional Police are on the hunt for a gunman after a fatal shooting at a north Brampton plaza. Catherine McDonald reports.

Peel Regional Police investigators say they have charged a 22-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a 36-year-old man in Brampton.

The shooting occurred at a plaza near the intersection of Dixie Road and Peter Robertson Boulevard, northwest of Bovaird Drive East, just before 12:55 a.m. on Oct. 12.

Officers said the victim, identified as Amanjot Bains, was found with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a trauma centre, but later died of his injuries.

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In an update released by police on Thursday, investigators said Brampton resident Zachary O’Gorman was arrested on Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder.

A second man from Brampton, 29-year-old Gurpreet Singh, was charged with accessory after the fact to murder, officers said.

The two accused appeared in a Brampton court for a bail hearing on Thursday, but an update on those proceedings wasn’t available Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, anyone with information or anyone in the area with video was asked to call officers at 905-453–2121 ext. 3205 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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