Possible Criminal Charges in Alec Baldwin Shooting Accident

The Santa Fe County district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies stated she was not ruling out criminal charges in the fatal incident on a film set. The actor Alec Baldwin used a gun that he had been told did not have live ammunition when the gun went off. There was a casualty – the film’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Possible Criminal Charges in Alec Baldwin Shooting Accident The Investigation Is Focusing on Ballistics

According to the Santa Fe County district attorney, the investigation focuses on ballistics. This is done to find out the kind of round that was in the gun and establish the person who had left the ammunition in the firearm.

Ms. Carmack-Altwies said that an enormous number of bullets were found on the set. The investigation needs to find out their types. The detectives recovered three revolvers, ammunition, and spent cases, loose, in a fanny pack, and boxes.

According to the Santa Fe County district attorney, the term “prop-gun” could be misleading. The firearm was an “antique-era appropriate” but still a legit weapon.

As Ms. Carmack-Altwies pointed out, the investigation was carried out carefully because of the big number of witnesses and the need to collect ballistics and forensic evidence.

How Alec Baldwin Got Involved in the Shooting

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
The shooting happened on Thursday, Oct 21st, on the set of a church where Mr. Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene for the Western “Rust.” Dave Halls, an assistant director on the set had gone outside the church. He had then taken the gun off the cart where it had been put by the armorer of the film, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. Mr. Alec Baldwin received the gun from Mr. Halls, who said it was a “cold gun,” meaning it was safe for handling.

When Mr. Alec Baldwin rehearsed a scene, he cross-drawed the revolver and pointed it toward the camera lens. Then, the gun fired, struck the casualty, Ms. Hutchins, in the chest, and wounded the film’s director Joel Souza in the shoulder.

The detectives still haven’t finished interviewing the people on the set, according to the Santa Fe County district attorney. She also said the follow-up investigation would probably take weeks, even months before they arrive at the point of charging.

Ms. Carmack-Altwies said that this incident was among the most challenging cases in Santa Fe County. Although they have had complex cases, they haven’t had ones involving famous people.