Cinematographer Helena Hutchins died as a result of the shooting
According to the district attorney, an accidental shooting on the set of the upcoming western film “Rust” could result in criminal charges.
Mary Carmack-Altweis of the First District of New Mexico told the New York Times that she “has not ruled out anything” when it comes to the future of the case.
On Thursday, actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the film outside Santa Fe when he fired a shotgun that he was told was cold or “unloaded.”
A projectile was hit by the gun and eventually the cinematographer Helena Hutchins was killed. Director Joel Souza was also injured but has since been discharged from the hospital.
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“Everything is on the table at this point, including the criminal charges,” Carmack-Altweis reported. Times.
It is still unclear what was loaded into the gun at the time of the shooting, and the district attorney said officers are focusing on ballistics to determine what was loaded into the gun at the time.
The firearm was handed over to Baldwin by “Rust” assistant director Dave Hall, who believed the gun was “cold”, meaning he believed it contained no form of ammunition or blanks. .
The investigation is also trying to determine who loaded the gun, reports the outlet.
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“There were a huge amount of bullets on this set, and we needed to find out what kind they were,” she explained. A warrant obtained Tuesday by Granthshala News revealed that officers collected ammunition and several firearms from the set during their investigation – although the type of ammunition found in the inventory was not specified.
In the days following the incident, the firearm that was discarded was referred to as a prop gun, but Carmack-Altweis took issue with the term.
“It was a legitimate gun,” she said, though did not mention a specific type. “It was a fitting gun of an ancient era.”
“Rust” is a Western-style film starring Baldwin and “Supernatural” alum Jensen Ackles.
The DA said that the people present on the sets of the film at the time of shooting are still being interrogated by the detectives.
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“It is probably the weeks, if not months, of follow-up investigations we will need to get to the point of charging us,” she said.
Similarly, Granthshala News was recently told by the Sainte Fe Medical Examiner and Coroner that Hutchins’ autopsy could take “six to 10 weeks” or longer.
Carmack-Altweis told the Times that she was unaware of reports indicating that crew members had used weapons for the shooting hours before the incident, calling such reports “unconfirmed”. said.
She also said that the case in Santa Fe is one of the most challenging in recent memory.
“We have complicated cases all the time,” she said. “But such a complicated matter, with such prominent people, no.”
The DA will speak to reporters with Sheriff Aden Mendoza on Wednesday morning.
Granthshala News has contacted Carmack-Altweiss for further comment.
It is not clear against whom charges will be filed, although some think Baldwin may face charges.
“Alec Baldwin is probably in charge because he’s the producer and he has a great voice on a budget here,” noted criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos told Granthshala News. “I guarantee you they’re also looking to see if people were shaving money or trying to cut costs and [whether] This is one of the consequences of that.”
He also mentioned that “he would be shocked if involuntary manslaughter was not charged in this case.”
No charges have yet been filed in the “Rust” shooting incident. Prosecutors and law enforcement officials are expected to provide an update on the investigation on Wednesday.