Alec Baldwin meets husband and son of woman he accidentally shot

Actor had learned Halyna was still alive days after being found shot at her home last year Alec Baldwin had an emotional meeting with the husband and son of a young woman he accidentally…

Alec Baldwin meets husband and son of woman he accidentally shot

Actor had learned Halyna was still alive days after being found shot at her home last year

Alec Baldwin had an emotional meeting with the husband and son of a young woman he accidentally shot in the leg last year.

Alec Baldwin took part in a memoir event for author Thom Hartmann. Photograph: Steven Meisel/WireImage

Baldwin, 55, shared the emotional moment with the New York Daily News backstage at an event for his book, Wake Up Sid, in Manhattan on Tuesday.

“You’re not the first victim of the crossfire that’s coming from Congress,” Baldwin said of the encounter with Halyna Hutchins’ husband and son, who he had discovered, just days after she was shot, that she was still alive. “I, like everybody else, feel helpless to do anything about it.”

He had spent a year hoping for a positive outcome, “due to all the emotions that come with it”, he said.

Baldwin had accidentally shot Hutchins while trying to take a photo of her for a New York Times piece about illegal gun trafficking. She later recovered and resumed her life, though was not cleared of criminal charges.

Baldwin read a passage from his book in which he said that had he not had a legally registered gun in California, he would have stopped at the check-in counter at the airport in Queens last year, and kept going to the airport. That, he said, is something he wishes he could have done for Hutchins.

He said he was overwhelmed at some of the laughter at the event and wished he could have gotten a smile out of each person, including every one in the audience, but that, sadly, he hadn’t.

“Unfortunately, you are all too young,” he said, leaning into the microphone. “You’ll all look like … well … I look like an old guy standing next to a bunch of kids.”

But, he said, he was in the audience for the moral underpinning of his book.

In the second chapter, he read, “I wish I could have done something for Halyna,” he said, before reading the following passage from his book.

“‘If you reach up and touch my arm, you are not a monster,’” he quoted his father. “‘You may not be loving of women, but you are entitled to the same protection as everyone else.’”

An earlier encounter with the Hutchins family helped inform the story, Baldwin said.

“One day I walked into the kitchen to see a child who resembled my son standing in the middle of the kitchen holding a bowl and a skillet with hot scones all around it,” he said. “So I quickly called them on the phone and said ‘We’re all praying for you.’ ”

The conversation led to more words of encouragement.

“They had read his book, and he texted me afterward, saying ‘Thanks for the book, because I’m now praying that he doesn’t walk through the door because I know he will.’”

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