New Mexico Officials Give Update on ‘Rust’ Shooting Investigation

The Santa Fe County Sheriff and district attorney are giving an update on the investigation of the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” last week.

Halyna Hutchins, the film’s cinematographer, was killed on Oct. 21 when she was shot during rehearsal of a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular filming location near Santa Fe. Alec Baldwin, the star of the film and also a producer, was holding the gun at the time, and was demonstrating how he would point it toward the camera when it went off.

Dave Halls, the assistant director, had handed the gun to Baldwin and said it was “cold,” meaning it that did not have any live rounds, according to a search warrant affidavit filed on Friday. Halls had retrieved the gun from a cart, where it had been placed by the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez Reed.

Joel Souza, the director, was also hit in the shoulder, and was released from the hospital later that day. Souza told investigators that “there should never be live rounds whatsoever near or around the scene.”

Mary Carmack-Altwies, the Santa Fe County district attorney, told the New York Times on Tuesday that it would likely be weeks, if not months before any charges were filed.

Investigators retrieved spent shell casings, revolvers, clothing and swabs with blood on them from the scene on Friday, according to a search warrant return filed on Monday.

IATSE Local 480, the union that represents most film workers in New Mexico, issued a statement on Tuesday saying it was disturbed by reports that non-union workers had been hired after the camera crew walked off the set. The crew reportedly complained of poor working conditions.

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