Alec Baldwin shooting: District attorney did not rule out criminal charges

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Carmack-Altwies told The Times that the term “propeller pistol” is misleading and that the weapon that killed Hutchins was a “legitimate weapon”, describing it as “a weapon suitable for the ancient era”.

According to the report, Carmack-Altwies said the investigation is focusing on ballistics to determine what type of cartridges were used and who placed them in the weapon fired by actor Alec Baldwin.

“There was a huge amount of balls on this field, and we have to find out what type it is,” said Carmack-Altwies.

“None of the producers of ‘Rust’ have been contacted by the New Mexico attorney’s office,” a spokesperson for the production company behind the film told CNN. “We will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement investigations as they examine the details of this heartbreaking tragedy.”

The district attorney is expected to attend a press conference with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The district attorney also said reports of crew members using live ammunition guns to train at target hours before the fatal shooting was “unconfirmed.”

The DA was in part referring to The Wrap founder and CEO Sharon Waxman, telling CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday – citing information from someone with knowledge of the set – members of the “Rust” team used firearms with live ammunition and engaged in a hobby called “plinking” hours before Hutchins was shot.

One of the weapons used was then handed over to Baldwin, who fired the shot that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, The Wrap reported.

“They go out into rural areas and shoot beer cans. It’s live ammunition. We learned that this happened the morning of the day Halyna Hutchins was killed,” Waxman said.

Waxman told CNN that “plinking” is common when there is downtime during a shoot.

CNN was unable to confirm The Wrap’s report.

Asked by The Wrap for comment on this report, the producers of “Rust” referred to their previous statement sent to media outlets, including CNN: “The safety of our cast and crew is the top priority of Rust Productions and all persons associated with the company. While we have not been made aware of any official complaints regarding the safety of weapons or accessories on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is down. to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and provision of mental health services to the cast and crew during this tragic time. “

This aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

The incident happened Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pistol exploded as Baldwin practiced the quick draw, says AD

Souza, who sustained a shoulder injury, told investigators the propeller pistol exploded as Baldwin was practicing drawing his gun, according to an affidavit for a search warrant.

Souza spoke to investigators on Friday, according to the affidavit released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

He told them that Baldwin was “sitting on a bench in a church building and practicing a cross-draw,” the affidavit said. A cross draw occurs when a shooter pulls the gun out of a holster on the opposite side of the body from the shooting hand.

Souza was looking over Hutchins’ shoulder “when he heard what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop”, according to the affidavit.

He also confirmed to an investigator that he heard the term “cold gun” on the set, which means the gun should have been empty.

Halyna Hutchins: In her own words

According to the warrant, Souza said three people handled the guns for scenes – they were checked by the gunsmith and first assistant director, then handed over to the actor who used them.

The investigator said Souza was not aware that anyone on set was checked to see if they had live ammunition on them before or after the scenes were filmed.

“The only thing checked are the guns to prevent live ammunition from there. Joel (Souza) said there should never be any live ammunition near or around the scene,” said affidavit.

Representatives for Souza did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.

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Lawyer Gloria Allred said on Tuesday that screenwriter Mamie Mitchell had evidence and information that will be “useful in this investigation.”

Mitchell stood “very close” to Hutchins and Souza, she said, and called 911, Allred said.

“Halyna was a friend and close colleague of Granny,” Allred said. “She is devastated by the loss of her friend, who was an amazing woman.”

Allred said Mitchell had been interviewed by the sheriff’s office and would not speak to the media.

Meanwhile, the producers of “Rust” have hired a law firm to investigate the shooting, Deadline.com reported.

“In addition to cooperating with authorities, we have engaged a legal team from Jenner & Block to investigate the events,” according to a communication sent by the “Rust” production to cast and crew members, reported Deadline. “We have stressed that they will have complete discretion as to who to interview and what conclusions they draw.”

CNN did not receive a copy of the letter which Deadline said was distributed to cast and crew members. CNN has contacted law firm Jenner & Block for comment.

Final autopsy results will take weeks

Completion of the medical examiner’s final autopsy report into Hutchins’ death could take weeks, according to information from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.

A spokesperson declined to provide details of the investigation, but said autopsy reports from their office typically take 6 to 10 weeks.

A sheriff’s department official previously told CNN he is awaiting a forensic report from the medical examiner to determine what type of projectile killed Hutchins.

The spokesperson for the medical examiner said the office did not release information on the type of projectile that resulted in the death of a person until an autopsy report was finalized.

Previous incidents reported on the board

There were at least two accidental firearms discharges on the “Rust” set in the days leading up to the fatal shooting, according to multiple reports.

The shocks took place on October 16, when crew members accidentally fired two shots after learning the weapon was “cold,” the Los Angeles Times reported, citing two crew members who allegedly witnessed the shooting. the incident. It was not known whether the discharges included live ammunition. No one was injured in the accidental discharges, the Wall Street Journal reported.

There were no complaints of unsafe conditions on the set of “Rust” sent to the Office of Occupational Health and Safety (OHSB) in New Mexico, according to an email sent to CNN by the Department of New Mexico Environment (NMED).

The gunsmith who prepared the propeller pistol used by Baldwin on Thursday was identified in search warrant documents as Hannah Gutierrez. She had recently completed work on her first project as chief gunsmith, she said in a podcast interview in September.

“I was really nervous at first,” Gutierrez said of his work as chief gunsmith on the set of “The Old Way”, with Nicolas Cage.

“I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure I was ready, but did it, like it had gone really well,” she said in an interview on the podcast. “Voices of the West”, dedicated to the old west.

Her job as a gunsmith ranges from teaching actors how to wear a rifle belt to aiming and shooting, she said.

CNN’s Josh Campbell, Kimberly Berryman, Lucy Kafanov and Kay Jones contributed to this story.

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