Not everything goes according to Alec Baldwin’s strict “rules.”
The actor, who is known for using Twitter in various ways, including joking about his trolling habits, returned to the site Thursday to taunt President Trump. But Baldwin also alluded to the shooting at a “rural theater” in his corner of New York — after which he tweeted, “Apparently, a theater shooting was underway. Did they open the gates in MY neighborhood to get all the people out?”
Apparently, a theater shooting was underway. Did they open the gates in MY neighborhood to get all the people out? 😉 — ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) June 15, 2017
A man was shot at the “College of Southern Idaho” in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Wednesday night. The police chief told The Times of Northwest Idaho that he believed the man was a 16-year-old attending the film. The Associated Press reported that the suspect was arrested for burglary. No one was injured.
Reports on Wednesday night did not indicate if the suspect was any relation to a movie that featured Baldwin’s high-profile spot.
As The New York Times’ sportswriter Mike Lupica tweeted,
Alec Baldwin in Alaska in 2006 is like where’s Bart Simpson in Alaska right now? — Mike Lupica (@MikeLupica) June 15, 2017
Others seemed to believe Baldwin was onto something. But The Times’ Washington bureau chief, Maggie Haberman, quickly squashed the speculation:
Everyone holding their breath that Alec Baldwin thinks the President lives in the theater shooting area. That’s a possibility. But I am hearing those in Trump orbit trying to calm that to some extent. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 15, 2017
The speculation came despite the fact that The Times’ Sopan Deb tweeted a photo from the scene of the shooting, showing how close the gunfire came to people in the area:
Photo of the campus near tiny College of Southern Idaho where an allegedly homeless man shot a lone man at gunpoint in a rural theater pic.twitter.com/ANOVmlH3pJ — Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 15, 2017
Baldwin appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month to promote his latest film, The Boss Baby. The scene that Baldwin’s then-son-in-law John McCain famously ran into while meeting the presidential candidate was spoofed in the movie by Baldwin. His parody got him in trouble with the Secret Service, and they sent a cease-and-desist letter to the animators.
“We were just as surprised by that as everybody else,” Baldwin later said, according to the Palm Beach Post.