Gun Not Checked Before Fatal Shooting from Alec Baldwin
A week after the unfortunate event that took place on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Western themed film, Rust, new details have emerged on Wednesday during a news conference with Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies,
According to Mendoza, there was a very nonchalant approach in maintaining the safety of the set before last week’s shooting that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a rehearsal. The crew member in charge, Hannah Gutierrez had told investigators that she had checked the weapons and had found no “hot rounds”- meaning live ammunition, before the shooting. Assistant film director Dave Halls, who had been fired from a previous set in 2019 over a similar mishap, handed the gun to Baldwin telling the actor that it was “cold”. According to the affidavit, Halls had said that he should’ve checked all the barrels of the revolver but didn’t.
Gutierrez, whose job formally was referred to as the film crew’s armorer, stated in the affidavit that no ammunition was secured on set. In the affidavit, it was quoted that firearms were safely secured through a safe box with no live ammunition present. Authorities have collected three firearms, 500 rounds of ammunition and several pieces of clothing. Mendoza stated that some of these have been sent to an FBI crime lab for analysis.
Baldwin, 63, served as a co-producer for the film and Mendoza stated that Baldwin, Halls, and Gutierrez were all cooperating with the authorities during the on-going investigation. According to Mendoza and officially stated court documents, there was no video footage of the incident when Baldwin was drawing the revolver across his body and pointing it at the cameras during rehearsals.
Producers of the film have hired the law firm Jenner & Block to further investigate the shooting. Producers have stated that the lawyers will have full jurisdiction to interview anyone involved in the sets and draw any conclusions based on the evidence they find.In Picture: Santa Fe authorities hold a news conference after actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set of the movie “Rust” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S., October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Adria MalcolmIn Picture: Santa Fe authorities hold a news conference after actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the film set of the movie “Rust” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S., October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Adria Malcolmhttps://www.reuters.com/legal/government/questions-swirl-alec-baldwin-shooting-case-ahead-sheriffs-update-2021-10-27/