Alec Baldwin remains 'part of investigation' in film set shooting; 'too early' to comment on charges

By , 1010 WINS Newsroom

SANTA FE, N.M. (1010 WINS) — Alec Baldwin is an “active part of the investigation” into last week’s deadly shooting on the “Rust” movie set, authorities in Santa Fe announced Wednesday as they said they’d recovered the “suspected live round” that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured the director, Joel Souza, on the set.

“All options are on the table at this point,” Santa Fe DA Mary Carmack-Altwies said at a noon press conference when asked if Baldwin could face charges in the shooting.

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“I’m not commenting on charges, whether they will be filed or not or on whom. We cannot answer that question yet until we complete a more thorough investigation,” Carmack-Altwies said.

“We can’t say that it was negligence by whom, how many people were involved, we can’t say that with any certainty at this point,” Carmack-Altwies added, saying she will “speak to that” when the time is appropriate.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the lead projectile—a suspected live round—that was believed to have been fired from the gun Baldwin was holding had been removed from the shoulder of director Souza, who was wounded in the shooting. He said medical personnel removed it as Souza was being treated and turned it over to the sheriff’s office as evidence.

Mendoza said it was “apparently the same round” that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe, N.M., after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film "Rust" on the outskirts of Santa Fe, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in Santa Fe, N.M., after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film "Rust" on the outskirts of Santa Fe, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Photo credit Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP

Mendoza also revealed that 500 rounds of ammunition were among 600 items of evidence recovered from the set. He noted that the ammunition was “a mix of blanks, dummy rounds, and what we are suspecting, live rounds.”

The sheriff would not comment on how the rounds got on set.

Three firearms were also recovered from the set, Mendoza said, adding that one of them was a “plastic, nonfunctioning revolver.”

The sequence of events on Oct. 21 has baffled Hollywood professionals and prompted calls to better regulate firearms on sets or even ban them in the age of seamless computer-generated imagery.

Court records say that an assistant director, Dave Halls, grabbed the gun from a cart and handed it to Baldwin, indicating the weapon was safe by yelling “cold gun.” But it was loaded with live rounds, according to a written affidavit from a detective.

A musician plays a violin behind a photograph of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021
A musician plays a violin behind a photograph of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Photo credit AP Photo/Andres Leighton

Baldwin, 63, who is known f