It was recently reported by ConservativeBrief that actor Alec Baldwin could be facing charges in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and the shooting injury of director Joe Souza, 48, on the set of the movie “Rust.”
Mary Carmack-Altwies, the district attorney in Santa Fe County, New Mexico said to The New York Times that criminal charges were possible.
The New York Times went on to report that “We haven’t ruled out anything,” she said. “Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table.”
Investigators said they have found no less than three revolvers, casings, and bullets as they surveyed the set after obtaining a search warrant.
“There were an enormous amount of bullets on this set, and we need to find out what kinds they were,” she said.
And the district attorney took issue with people calling it a “prop gun” as, she said, it was not.
“It was a legit gun,” she said. “It was an antique-era appropriate gun.”
“It’s probably weeks, if not months, of follow-up investigation that we’re going to need to get to the point of charging,” she said.
“We have complex cases all the time,” she said. “But this kind of complex case, with these kinds of prominent people, no.”
ConservativeBrief went on to report that detectives from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office are proceeding carefully with the investigation, she said, citing the large number of witnesses and the need to methodically collect ballistics and forensics evidence.
The shooting occurred on Thursday on the set of a church where Mr. Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for “Rust,” a Western where he plays an outlaw. According to affidavits included in applications for search warrants, Dave Halls, an assistant director on the set, had gone outside the church and taken the gun off a cart, where it had been placed by the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. Mr. Halls handed the gun to Mr. Baldwin, who was rehearsing inside the church, according to the affidavit, and said it was a “cold gun,” indicating that it contained no live rounds and was safe for Mr. Baldwin to handle.
Mr. Baldwin then rehearsed a scene that involved “cross drawing” a revolver and pointing it toward the camera lens, according to the affidavit, when the gun fired — striking Ms. Hutchins in the chest and killing her, and hitting the director of the film, Joel Souza, in the shoulder, wounding him.