Assistant director who gave Alec Baldwin loaded firearm was previously fired for another on-set gun accident
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The assistant director who gave actor Alec Baldwin a loaded firearm on the set of the movie "Rust" was previously fired from a previous job after another on-set gun accident.

CNN reports that assistant director Dave Halls was fired from his job working on the film "Freedom's Path" two years ago when a gun "unexpectedly discharged" on the set, according to production company Rocket Soul Studios.

"Halls was removed from set immediately after the prop gun discharged," Rocket Soul Studios said in a statement provided to CNN. "Production did not resume filming until Dave was off site. An incident report was taken and filed at that time."

The company also said that Halls seemed "very remorseful" for his actions and that he "understood the reasons for his termination."

It was revealed this past Friday that Halls unwittingly handed Baldwin a loaded gun before he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest.

Baldwin has expressed remorse for the shooting and says he is fully cooperating with the police investigation into Hutchins's killing.

"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," Baldwin said last week.