What we know about Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting


Authorities in Santa Fe County, New Mexico are investigating what happened on the set of “Rust” when actor Alec Baldwin killed the film’s director of photography and injured his director while shooting. a gun that served as an accessory.

Details began to leak with the release of an affidavit from a detective, the audio of a 911 call immediately after Thursday’s shooting and public statements from some of those involved. But much remains unclear, including the essential question: How did a weapon containing a deadly projectile fall into the hands of an actor who believed he was safe, when a set of safeguards should have made that impossible?

Here’s a look at what we know, and what we don’t know, as of Saturday night.

  • The shooting took place during a rehearsal for a scene from “Rust”. Mr Baldwin fired, hitting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest and director Joel Souza in the shoulder. Ms Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to an Albuquerque hospital, where she died. Mr Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Santa Fe and was released on Friday.

  • Mr. Baldwin cooperated with the investigation, including going to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office after the shooting to make a statement and answer questions. No criminal charges have been laid against him or anyone else.

  • The sheriff’s office obtained a warrant to search the building where the shooting took place, examine the gun for biological evidence, and examine video footage from cameras and other recordings. A spokesperson for the office said he expected more information to be available next week.

  • In an affidavit accompanying the office’s warrant application, Detective Joel Cano said an assistant director on set removed the weapon from a cart – where it was placed by the film’s gunsmith, or wielder. weapons – and handed it to Mr. Baldwin, who pulled the trigger shortly thereafter. According to the affidavit, the Deputy Warden uttered the words “bladed weapon” indicating that it was unloaded and that Mr. Baldwin could handle it safely.

  • A few days earlier, a handful of team members had left the set due to general working conditions, according to several people involved in the production and a union official at the theater. Team members complained to producers of long workdays – often exceeding 13 hours – and late pay. Some also said the production company didn’t book hotel rooms near the set, meaning they had to drive around an hour to get home after long, physically demanding days.

  • In a statement released Friday, Mr Baldwin called the shooting a “tragic accident” and said he had been in contact with Ms Hutchins’ husband to offer him support. “There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident which claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague,” he wrote on Twitter, adding: “My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

  • There were at least two accidental firearms discharges on set on October 16, days before the fatal shooting, according to three former members of the film crew. The shocks occurred inside a booth used as a filming location, and Ms Hutchins was part of the production crew inside, the former crew members said. The dumps resulted in a complaint to a supervisor about safety practices on the set.

  • What type of projectile contained the weapon. It is not known if these were live ammunition, white (that is, a cartridge without a bullet, but with gunpowder and cotton wool that can sometimes be ejected with enough force to kill) or whatever.

  • Who loaded the gun and who was responsible for the false conclusion that it was not loaded. We know from the sheriff’s office affidavit that the deputy director called him a “cold weapon” when he handed it over to Mr. Baldwin, but we do not know if he made that assessment. personally or if he has received the wrong information from someone else.

  • How the protocols supposed to prevent gun deaths and injuries on film sets failed.

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