According to US police, criminal charges may still be filed over last week’s fatal shooting on the “rust” film set in New Mexico. Actor Alec Baldwin had accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza who had been standing behind her.
Investigators stated that a “lead projectile” had been removed from Souza’s shoulder and that it appeared to be a live round. They added that there was “some complacency” around safety on the set.
“All options are on the table,” District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said of any potential charges. “No one has been ruled out at this point.”
When presenting the department’s initial findings, Sante Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said: “We suspect there were other live rounds found on set”. “We’re going to determine how those got there, why they were there, because they shouldn’t have been there,” he added.
He stated that police had recovered 600 pieces of evidence so far, including three firearms and 500 rounds of ammunition. The lead projectile from Souza’s shoulder was also handed over as evidence.
“I think the facts are clear – a weapon was handed to Mr Alec Baldwin. The weapon [was] functional and fired a live round killing Ms Hutchins and injuring Mr Souza,” he said about the killing.
The sheriff told reporters there had been up to 100 people on the set of the film when the shooting happened on Thursday.
He also confirmed that two other people had handled the gun, an antique Colt .45 revolver, before it was given to Mr Baldwin – the film’s armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls.
Halls had reportedly told investigators that he had failed to check all the rounds in the gun before handing it over, according to a court document that had been made public on Wednesday.
Halls reportedly called out “cold gun” as he gave it to Alec Baldwin, meaning he believed it to be safe.
Sources: BBC, MSN
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