On Thursday of last week was the 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins shot and killed of the actor Alec Baldwin after he fired a requisition gun at the film’s New Mexico set Rust. Director Joel Souza, who was behind Hutchins, was also injured but has since recovered.
Information about the incident came out slowly, but some details are fuzzy and others have not been verified. It’s still unclear how the gun went wrong, why it had potentially harmful projectiles in it, or what exactly Baldwin did when the gun went off.
On Wednesday, authorities confirmed that the weapon in question – a 1873 replica FV Pietta long Colt .45 revolver – contained several rounds of ammunition. Police believe these were also fired by Baldwin, although it is not clear when. Police would not elaborate on a potential timeline for the incident as a whole.
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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said police also recovered a “lead projectile” – or bullet – from Souza’s shoulder, which, along with about 600 pieces of evidence, was sent to the FBI for analysis.
“We suspect there were other live rounds, but that’s up to the testers. But now we’ll determine how they got there, why they were there, because they shouldn’t be,” Mendoza told reporters during a joint news conference. a Wednesday.
He added that 500 rounds of ammunition – a mixture of blanks, dummy rounds and live rounds – were found during the search in the Western set. Rust.
It is not clear if Baldwin will sue for the shooting. No footage was taken of the incident on the film set, making it difficult to get definitive evidence of what happened, Mendoza added.
He noted that there were two other weapons in place in the vicinity of that used by Baldwin. One, Mendoza said, was a single-action Army .45 revolver that “could not work,” while the other was a plastic non-functioning revolver.
“We are sending the firearms that were fired by Mr Baldwin to the crime lab and doing a functionality test,” Mendoza said.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, who was also at the conference, said it was too early to say whether anyone could be prosecuted for criminal negligence.
“It will take many more facts, confirmed facts, before we get to the criminal negligence standard,” she said.
According to court records, the gun Baldwin used was one of three that a firearms specialist, or armor, had placed on a vehicle outside the building where a scene was being tested.
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Assistant director Dave Halls then allegedly grabbed a gun from a van and handed it to Baldwin, proving the gun was safe by shouting “cold gun,” court papers say. But it was loaded with live rounds, according to records. Both the Armourers and the Halls provided statements to the police.
“Of course, I think the industry recently had a record for safety. I think there was a bit of complicity on this set, and I think there are some safety issues that are being addressed by the industry and possibly by the state of New Mexico. must be given, “said Mendoza.
Baldwin, 63, who is said to be incredibly disappointed by the incident, described the death as a “tragic accident”.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that took the lives of Halyna Hutchins, a woman, a mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I fully cooperate with the police investigation.” Baldwin tweeted Friday. “My heart is broken for her husband, her son, and all that Halyna knew and loved.”
It remains an active, open investigation.
–With files from the Associated Press
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