Interview with ‘Rust’ gunsmith released as cops say Alec Baldwin could face fatal shooting charges – Crime Online
New Mexico authorities said Tuesday that Alec Baldwin could still face criminal charges in last year’s fatal shooting of ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins as the actor manipulated the gun when she fired.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza told “Good Morning America” they are consulting with the district attorney to determine whether criminal negligence or criminal charges will be filed in this case. Although Mendoza noted Baldwin’s role in the fatal shooting, he did not say whether they were seeking to charge 63-year-old Baldwin.
Mendoza said they are awaiting forensic and ballistics reports, including firearms and FBI reports before a decision is made.
“We kind of know who hasn’t done their job here. It was one of the key questions,” he said.
The sheriff said no one confessed to bringing bullets live to the set. However, lawyer for gunsmith “Rust” Hannah Gutierrez-Reed claimed that at least one live round was fired from the gun handled by Baldwin, according to the Daily Mail.
On Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin allegedly demonstrated how he was going to holster the gun when the gun fired at a fake church pew at Bonanza Creek Ranch – fatally shooting Hutchins in the chest and wounding director Joel Souza. wounded in the shoulder. The ball went through Souza’s shoulder before hitting Hutchins.
On Monday, Santa Fe County Police released various photos and videos related to their investigation. One of those videos included Gutierrez-Reed, 24, speaking to police after the shooting.
“Welcome to the worst day of my life,” she heard the responding officers say. “I can’t believe Alec Baldwin was holding the gun, it’s so fucked up.”
In another clip, Gutierrez-Reed asks to be taken to another place where her co-workers can’t see her. The amateur gunsmith goes on to explain how this incident essentially ended his career.
“I’m the only female gunsmith in the game and I just screwed up my whole career,” she says. “My dad is one of the best gunsmiths in the whole world and he trained me, and I’m a fucking failure.”
On the day of filming, six members of the film crew reportedly left the set due to housing and payment issues. A witness said the six crew members were threatened with safety if they did not leave and were replaced by three non-union members.
Last week, the state of New Mexico fined Rust Movie Productions $137,000 for “willful” breaches of safety protocols. However, no criminal charges have been filed in connection with the fatal shooting last year.
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[Featured image: Hannah Gutierrez-Reed/Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office]