American actor Alec Baldwin fired a vintage Colt pistol loaded with a lead bullet in the accidental fatal shooting last week of a cinematographer on the set of his movie Rust in New Mexico, according to authorities.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies held a briefing six days after Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a rehearsal for a scene at the interior of a church on set in New Mexico.
Mendoza and Carmack-Altwies said it was too early to discuss the charges, but said charges would be filed if warranted.
“No one has been ruled out at this point,” Carmack-Altwies said, referring to potential charges.
She said the investigation was not yet complete.
Authorities used the gun in the shooting, the sheriff said.
Mendoza said what are believed to be additional live cartridges were found on set, but would be subject to testing by ballistics experts.
Mendoza said the weapon was a Long Colt revolver.
“It was an alleged live bullet that was fired, but it fired the gun and caused injuries. That would lead us to believe it was a live bullet,” he said. declared.
The sheriff said Baldwin cooperated with the investigation.
“This is obviously the person who fired the gun,” Mendoza said.
“At this time, he is an active part of this investigation.”
The sheriff also said there was “complacency” on the set regarding guns.
The shooting sent shockwaves through Hollywood, sparking debate over film and television safety protocols – including whether certain types of firearms used as props should be banned – and working conditions on them. low budget productions.
Authorities said in court documents that Baldwin last Thursday received what he believed to be a “cold” or safe gun by assistant film director David Halls, who took him in a cart used by Hannah Gutierrez, who was employed to supervise firearms. and their safety in a job called a gunsmith.
The weapon instead contained what police called “live ammunition”, and one shot hit Hutchins in the chest and director Joel Souza standing behind her in the shoulder.
Hutchins was transported by helicopter to the University of New Mexico hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
Souza was treated in a hospital and released.
The lead was picked up at Souza, Mendoza said.
Baldwin, 63, is a co-producer of Rust, a movie set in 1880s Kansas, and plays the outlaw grandfather of a 13-year-old boy convicted of accidental murder.
Production took place at Bonanza Creek Ranch, located south of Santa Fe, and was discontinued.
Baldwin called it a “tragic accident” and, like the other cast and crew, is cooperating with the police.
The film’s producers hired law firm Jenner & Block to investigate the set.
In a letter sent to the cast and crew on Tuesday night, the film’s production crew said Jenner “will have absolute discretion as to who to interview and what conclusions they draw.”
Baldwin was shooting a gun at his body and pointing it at a camera as he rehearsed when the gun fired, according to a Sheriff’s Department affidavit released on Sunday.
The detectives recovered two boxes of “ammunition”, “ammunition and boxes in bulk” as well as “a fanny pack with ammunition”, as well as several used cartridges, according to a court file.
Before the incident, the cameramen had left the set to protest the working conditions, according to the affidavit.
Associated Australian Press