Alec Baldwin fired a single bullet that killed Halyna Hutchins and then lodged itself in the film’s director’s shoulder, police confirmed
As police said they were continuing their investigation and prosecutors said they had not ruled out the possibility of laying charges against anyone, including the 63-year-old star, police said that it looked like Baldwin had fired a single bullet from a .45 Lee handgun. .
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the bullet was passed to investigators by medical officials who removed it from the shoulder of injured director Joel Souza.
“The actual dead projectile was fired recovered from Mr. Souza’s shoulder. The projectile was recovered and the medical staff where he was being treated were turned over to the sheriff’s office as evidence, ”Mendoza said.
“We consider this used cartridge case and this recovered projectile to be the actual bullet that was fired from the revolver by Mr. Baldwin.”
Mr Mendoza said what are believed to be additional live shells were found on the set, but would be subject to testing by ballistics experts.
Mr. Mendoza said the weapon was a Long Colt revolver. “This is an actual projectile that was fired, but it fired the gun and caused injuries. It would lead us to believe it was a live tour, ”he said.
He said it was believed there were other live ammunition recovered from the scene.
“I won’t comment further on how they got there. This investigation is active, so I will not comment on how they got there, but we suspect they are there, ”he added.
“This will be determined when the tests are carried out by the crime lab with reference to whether or not these are officially live rounds or not.”
It had previously been reported that the actor had received the weapon from a crew member who had shouted “cold pistol”, to indicate that the weapon did not contain an actual bullet and therefore could fire in. completely safe.
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He said authorities were now conducting further investigations to determine how the crew members obtained a gun containing a live bullet.
“The people who inspected or handled the firearm when it was loaded before it reached Mr. Baldwin – we question them. And there [are] some follow-up questions that we need to do, ”he said.
Mr Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, at their first press conference on the case, said they had not ruled out the possibility of laying charges against anyone.
Mr Mendoza said the weapon used in the shooting was handled by two people in addition to Baldwin – gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and deputy director David Halls.
“The investigation will continue, and if the sheriff’s office determines during our investigation that a crime has been committed and probable cause exists, arrest (s) will be made and charges laid,” Mr. Mendoza.
Asked about the possibility of Baldwin facing charges, Mr Mendoza said “No one was excluded” and said: “He was the one who fired the gun.”
Ms Carmack-Altwies said her office was ready to lay charges if the investigation found sufficient evidence to do so.
“I must stress that a full and thorough investigation is essential for the prosecutor’s review,” she said. “We’re taking the corroborated facts and evidence and connecting them to New Mexico law, and we’re not there yet.”
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