First, the gunman (or gunmen) came onto the set at MSNBC’s studio in Stamford, Conn., and fired four times, presumably at the Hollywood actor who was on-hand filming for the segment for “Grown-ish.” He did not hit anyone, though his weapon jammed.
First the victim was taken to Stamford Hospital with minor injuries and later released, according to a person close to the show.
MSNBC confirmed it had been shut down Monday morning as police investigated what happened and quickly praised its safety team for their “outstanding response.”
The magazine, GQ, tweeted that one of the suspect’s guns, a Heckler & Koch 9mm, had fallen to the ground, causing it to jam.
The magazine noted that TV crews and staff were arriving for the live segment, and one reportedly ran toward the gunman and helped him get rid of his gun.
A law enforcement official confirmed to The New York Times that police are investigating reports that the actor Joe Piscopo, formerly of “Saturday Night Live,” had the gun drop to the ground during the shooting and that it jammed.
“The magazine fell, and the gunman ran away and got rid of it,” the official said.
According to the official, police have met with Mr. Piscopo, who said he wanted to return the gun.
“They want to get the magazine out of the gun, and he says, ‘I want to do that, but I can’t because the magazine is jammed,’” the official said.
A second law enforcement official also said that the magazine had fallen on the ground and the man grabbed the gun and fled. That official did not confirm that Mr. Piscopo had confronted the gunman.
The gun was recovered and police were not sure how the magazine fell to the ground, according to the official.
“The magazine fell and the guy ran away with it,” a law enforcement official told The New York Times.
The story was reported by Associated Press.
Later, Ms. Baldwin and Mr. Piscopo joined the injured man on the hospital gurney, per other press accounts.
Mr. Piscopo issued a statement Monday, praising the staff of MSNBC, adding: “I was just at a shoot today where this chaos was unimaginable and I told my kids you gotta be there when your parents are called to come help you.”
NBC said that Mr. Piscopo was not on-air at the time.