Actor Alec Baldwin shot a Colt pistol vintage loaded with a lead bullet that killed the cinematographer on the stage where the film was filmed Rust in New Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adán Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies held a briefing six days after Baldwin accidentally shot and killed the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, during the rehearsal of a scene inside a church on the filming location in New Mexico.
No charges have been filed. Mendoza and Carmack-Altwies said it is too early to talk about charges, but that they would be filed if they are justified.
“No one has been ruled out at this time,” Carmack-Altwies said of the possible charges, because the investigation has not yet concluded.
Authorities have the firearm used in the incident, the sheriff said. Mendoza said that what are believed to be more bullets have been found on set, but will be tested by ballistics experts.
Mendoza said the gun was a revolver Long Colt. “It is presumed active ammunition that was fired from the weapon and did cause injuries. That leads us to believe that it was active ammunition,” he said.
The sheriff said that Baldwin has cooperated in the investigation. “Obviously, it’s the person who fired the gun,” Mendoza said. “Right now, he is an active part of this investigation.”
The sheriff also said there was “tolerance” for firearms on set.
The shooting has shocked Hollywood, sparking a debate about security protocols in film and television – including whether the use of some types of weapons as props should be banned – and working conditions in low-budget productions.
The authorities have declared in the judicial files that last Thursday Baldwin He received what he believed to be a “cold” or safe pistol from the film’s assistant director, David Halls, who took it from a car used by Hannah Gutiérrez, the firearms supervisor.
The gun contained what police called live ammunition and a shot hit Hutchins in the chest and Director Joel Souza, who was behind her, in the shoulder. Hutchins was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she died. Souza was treated at a hospital and released.
The lead bullet was recovered from Souza, Mendoza said.
Baldwin, 63, is a co-producer of Rust, a Western movie set in 1880 Kansas, and plays the outlaw grandfather of a 13-year-old boy convicted of an accidental murder. The production was filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, located south of Santa Fe, and has been discontinued.
Baldwin He was pointing at a camera while rehearsing when he fired the gun, according to a sheriff’s department affidavit released Sunday.