Criminal charges have not been ruled out in Alec Baldwin’s fatal ‘Rust’ set shooting
From TheNYPost By Gabrielle Fonrouge October 26, 2021
SANTA FE, N.M. — Criminal charges have not been ruled out in the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Western “Rust,” cops said Tuesday.
While no one has been arrested in the fatal mishap, the potential for criminal charges “hasn’t been ruled out” and if crew members who were on-set have information, they need to come forward, Juan Rios, the public information officer for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, told The Post.
“There are a lot of things flying around on the internet and honestly if people have information, they need to bring it to us instead of going to whomever,” Rios said.
“Bring it to us so we can follow up and check into that because if you have valid information, we want it, but the only way we can check it out is if you tell us.”
Rios said detectives are taking a slow and methodical approach to the investigation, which is expected to “be going on for a while” due to the number of witnesses that need to be interviewed
“We need to be diligent to ensure the integrity of the investigation should there be charges ultimately filed that they are able to uphold those in court,” Rios explained.
On Monday, detectives filed an inventory list of items that have been seized from the Bonanza Creek Ranch where the Western was being filmed, including three “revolvers,” at least nine spent shell casings and ammunition that was found in boxes, a fanny pack and loose around set.
The inventory list didn’t disclose what type of ammunition was found, nor what type of spent shell casings were recovered. Rios said the sheriff is expected to answer those questions during a press conference scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Last Thursday, Baldwin, who is both a producer and an actor in the film, was rehearsing a “cross draw” with a revolver he was told had no live ammunition when it suddenly discharged, striking Hutchins in the chest and director Joel Souza in the shoulder.
Rios maintained the incident is very much still an “active investigation” and interviews with witnesses are still ongoing.