Investigators probing Rust shooting are 'not exactly sure' of Alec Baldwin's ...

Investigators probing Rust shooting are 'not exactly sure' of Alec Baldwin's ...
Investigators probing Rust shooting are 'not exactly sure' of Alec Baldwin's ...

New Mexico authorities say they’re ‘not exactly sure’ of Alec Baldwin’s present ‘whereabouts’ though they added that the actor has been cooperating in the investigation of last week’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of his film Rust.

Baldwin, who has not been asked by law enforcement officials to remain in New Mexico, retweeted a New York Times article on Wednesday about the apparent accident.

The Times' story reports that assistant director Dave Halls told investigators that he should have inspected each round in each chamber before Baldwin fired the fatal shot that killed Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza last Thursday.

'Before he handed a revolver that he had declared "cold" to Alec Baldwin on the set of the film "Rust," Dave Halls, an assistant director, told a detective he should have inspected each round in each chamber, according to an affidavit. But he did not,' read the tweet.

New Mexico authorities say they’re ‘not exactly sure’ of Alec Baldwin’s present ‘whereabouts’ though they added that the actor has been cooperating in the investigation of last week’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of his film Rust. Baldwin is seen above last Thursday after he was questioned by Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico authorities say they’re ‘not exactly sure’ of Alec Baldwin’s present ‘whereabouts’ though they added that the actor has been cooperating in the investigation of last week’s fatal shooting of a cinematographer on the set of his film Rust. Baldwin is seen above last Thursday after he was questioned by Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dave Halls

Baldwin, who has not been asked by law enforcement officials to remain in New Mexico, retweeted a New York Times article on Wednesday about the apparent accident

Baldwin, who has not been asked by law enforcement officials to remain in New Mexico, retweeted a New York Times article on Wednesday about the apparent accident. The Times' story reports that assistant director Dave Halls (left) told investigators that he should have inspected each round in each chamber before Baldwin fired the fatal shot that killed Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza last Thursday

A projectile from a gun fired by Baldwin during rehearsals for the film Rust struck and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (above)

A projectile from a gun fired by Baldwin during rehearsals for the film Rust struck and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins (above)

Halls was apparently unaware that there were live rounds inside the chamber of the gun, according to legal documents. 

Halls admitted to investigators that he didn't check every barrel of his gun but 'should have' before he handed it to him on the set of Rust last week, and that he only looked at three of the five chambers in the weapon. 

Halls' bombshell admission is in a search warrant that was unsealed by the Sante Fe County Sheriff's department and issued on Wednesday afternoon. 

It contains details of Halls' interview with the cops, and what Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told them too.  

Souza, who was released from the hospital after suffering a bullet wound to the shoulder, was seen in public on Tuesday near his San Francisco home for the first time since the tragedy. 

Baldwin was last seen on Saturday morning leaving a New Mexico hotel with Hutchins' widower, Matthew Hutchins, and his son, Andros. 

Halls admitted to investigators that he didn't check every barrel of his gun but 'should have' before he handed it to him on the set of Rust last week, and that he only looked at three of the five chambers in the weapon. Halls' bombshell admission is in a search warrant that was unsealed by the Sante Fe County Sheriff's department and issued on Wednesday afternoon

Halls admitted to investigators that he didn't check every barrel of his gun but 'should have' before he handed it to him on the set of Rust last week, and that he only looked at three of the five chambers in the weapon. Halls' bombshell admission is in a search warrant that was unsealed by the Sante Fe County Sheriff's department and issued on Wednesday afternoon 

According to Fox News, Baldwin is having work done on his home in the Hamptons, which makes it likely that he and his family are not there. 

Meanwhile, an arrest affidavit indicates that Baldwin was one of four people to have handled the weapon that he fired during rehearsals for the film.

Baldwin was the last person to take the gun. He was handed the weapon by Halls, according to investigators. 

Before then, the gun was taken out of a safe in a truck by Sarah Zachry, the film's prop master. She then handed the gun to Gutierrez.

Gutierrez, the armorer, told investigators that only a few people know the combination to the safe, according to The New York Times

She told detectives that she had checked dummy rounds - or those that contain no gun powder or primer cap - and ensured they were not 'hot,' according to the Times.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told police that the guns were kept in a safe that few people had access to

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told police that the guns were kept in a safe that few people had access to

When the crew took a break for lunch, ammunition was left out on a cart on the set, where they were 'not secured,' according to legal documents. 

Gutierrez set up a gray two-tiered cart outside the set. Halls took the gun from the cart and gave it to Baldwin, according to legal documents cited by the Times. 

After lunch, Zachry took guns from the safe and handed them to Gutierrez, according to Gutierrez's statement to investigators. 

Baldwin’s retweet on Wednesday was his first social media activity since Saturday, when he posted a link to a Variety story with the headline: 'Alec Baldwin Was Told Prop Gun Was Safe Before Fatal Shooting, Affidavit Says.'

The previous day, Baldwin tweeted a statement expressing sadness over Hutchins’ death.

'There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,' Baldwin said Friday morning on Twitter.

'I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.' 

A .45-caliber Colt revolver used on the set of the film Rust was not thoroughly checked before being given to Baldwin, who fired a live lead bullet, according to officials and a new court filing. 

Investigators said on Wednesday that there was 'some complacency' in how weapons were handled on the movie set, but it's too soon to determine whether charges will be filed.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza noted that 500 rounds of ammunition - a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and suspected live rounds - were found while searching the set of the Western Rust.

'Obviously I think the industry has had a record recently of being safe. I think there was some complacency on this set, and I think there are some safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry and possibly by the state of New Mexico,' Mendoza told a news conference nearly a week after the shooting.

Authorities also confirmed there was no footage of the shooting, which happened during a rehearsal.

Investigators believe Baldwin's gun fired a single live round that killed Hutchins and wounded Souza.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza speaks during a press conference at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building on Wednesday

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza speaks during a press conference at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building on Wednesday 

First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies for the state of New Mexico speaks during a press conference at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building to update members of the media on the shooting accident on the set of the movie 'Rust' at the on October 27, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies for the state of New Mexico speaks during a press conference at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building to update members of the media on the shooting accident on the set of the movie 'Rust' at the on October 27, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Detectives have recovered a lead projectile they believe the actor fired last week. 

Testing is being done to confirm whether the projectile taken from Souza's shoulder was fired from the same long Colt revolver used by Baldwin. 

The FBI will help with ballistics analysis.

Hannah Gutierrez, the crew member in charge of weapons on the set, told investigators she had checked guns there but found no 'hot rounds' - apparently meaning live ammunition - before the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Halls told investigators he 'should have checked all' the rounds in the gun before handing it to Baldwin but had not done so, according to the affidavit. 

Authorities said previously that Baldwin was handed what he thought was a 'cold,' or safe, gun by Halls, who took it from a cart used by Gutierrez.

Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said while no criminal charges have been filed, they are not ruling out that possibility.

'All options are on the table. ... No one has been ruled out at this point,' Carmack-Altwies said of potential charges.

The head electrician on Alec Baldwin's Rust has shared the final photo of Halyna Hutchins (pictured holding the camera) on set in the church before she was shot dead

Gutierrez, whose job is formally called the film crew's armorer, said ammunition was not secured on the set during a lunch break before the shooting, the affidavit showed. 

It quoted her as saying that firearms were secured inside a safe kept on a white truck during the break and that no live ammunition is ever kept on a movie set.

'Only a few people' had access to the safe and knew the combination to open it, Gutierrez said, according to the affidavit.

A judge approved a request by investigators to search the truck on Wednesday.

Authorities have collected 600 pieces of evidence including three firearms, 500 rounds of ammunition - some believed to be live bullets - and several pieces of clothing and accessories in the ongoing investigation, Mendoza said.

Some evidence is being sent to an FBI crime lab for analysis, Mendoza added.

Authorities have the firearm used in the shooting and recovered the bullet from the shoulder of Souza, who was wounded but later released from the hospital, Mendoza said.

It appears the same bullet struck Souza and Hutchins, Mendoza added.

Mendoza said the gun used by Baldwin was an Italian-made Pietta Long Colt revolver.

'We would consider it a live round - a bullet, live - because it did fire from the weapon and obviously caused the death of Ms. Hutchins and injured Mr. Souza,' Mendoza said.

Baldwin, 63, serves as a co-producer of Rust, a Western film set in 1880s Kansas. Production on the Bonanza Creek Ranch, near Santa Fe, has been halted.

Mendoza said Baldwin, Halls and Gutierrez all are cooperating

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