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Alec Baldwin ‘among four people facing charges’ amid Rust shooting investigation
Alec Baldwin is facing charges over last year’s tragic shooting on the set of Rust, it has been claimed.The 30 Rock actor was holding a gun on the film set when it misfired last October, fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.He has always maintained that he wasn’t to blame for the incident, and that he believed that he was holding a cold gun during the rehearsal.New Mexico’s Board of Finance has now granted more than $317,000 to cover costs for investigating possible prosecutions, indicating that four people could be charged.According to an emergency request by Santa Fe’s District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, via AP, she asked for the funds to go toward a special prosecutor, special investigator, several experts and other personnel.The publication reports that the possible charges could range from homicide to violations of state gun statutes.As many as four people could be charged depending on what investigators find – with Baldwin’s name mentioned.Carmack-Altweis reportedly added: ‘One of the possible defendants is well known movie actor Alec Baldwin.’The Hollywood star was pointing a gun at Hutchins while on the movie set on October 21, when it went off.She was taken to a hospital in New Mexico where she died from her injuries.A report from the FBI later stated that the weapon’s trigger needed to have been pulled for it to have been discharged.However, Baldwin – who is fighting a number of lawsuits from the shooting – has insisted that he was not to blame for her death.Appearing on the Chris Cuomo Project, he said: ‘I know that every single person on the set of the film knows what happened, and the people who are talking loudest about what happened or speculating about what
'Rust' Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Questions Sheriff's Investigation Into Fatal On-Set Shooting
Rust shooting. Through her lawyer, Jason Bowles, the armorer told ET in a statement that she has «long sought this answer and will not give up in pursuing the truth to find it.»During the October on-set incident, Alec Baldwin held the gun that discharged, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.«The primary question in this case from the beginning has been where did the live rounds that ended up on the set come from?» the statement read, before claiming that «the Sheriff’s office made a conscious decision not to pursue this question at all by refusing to ask the FBI to test any of the rounds for fingerprints or DNA.»In addition to the statement, Guitierrez-Reed's attorney provided emails that he says were between him and Detective Alexandria Hancock of the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.In the emails, Bowles questioned why the FBI didn't pursue DNA testing on the rounds, he claims Hancock replied that «given the fact the items were from movie sets, which had been handled over and over and over, it didn’t make sense» to do so.Bowles asked follow-up questions in subsequent emails, though he claims Hancock wrote back «we are done with testing at this time.»«I’ve never heard of an agency declining to pursue DNA evidence on the possible murder instrument or weapon,» Bowles wrote in the final email he provided to ET.
Alec Baldwin Possibly Pulled the Trigger in Fatal 'Rust' Shooting, FBI Forensic Report Concluded
Halyna Hutchins in October 2021 on the set of Alec Baldwin's  film couldn't have been fired without someone first pulling the trigger.In the forensic report, obtained by ABC News, the federal law agency said its accidental discharge testing determined the gun used in the shooting — a .45 colt caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver — couldn't have gone off without the trigger being pulled.The report stated that, even with the hammer in the quarter-and half-cock positions, the gun «could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger.» And, with the hammer fully cocked, the gun «could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional.» Furthermore, with the hammer de-cocked on a loaded chamber, the gun was able to detonate a primer «without a pull of the trigger when the hammer was struck directly,» which the report stated as normal for this type of revolver.The FBI forensic report contradicts what Baldwin told 's George Stephanopoulos back in December 2021 during his first sit-down interview since the fatal onset shooting that also wounded the film's director, Joel Souza.Baldwin denied pulling the trigger of the prop gun after the ABC anchor pointed out that it wasn't in the script for the trigger to be pulled.«Well, the trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger,» Baldwin said during the interview.When Stephanopoulos clarified, «So you never pulled the trigger?,» Baldwin responded, «No, no, no.