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Sheriff’s investigators recovered the “lead shot” that killed a cinematographer, along with 500 other bullets, from the set of the movie “Rust,” authorities said Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing and Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said it was too early to determine whether there was enough evidence for criminal charges arising from the fatal incident.

The cartridges recovered from the set include blank cartridges, dummy cartridges and what investigators suspect to be “live” cartridges.

“There was a certain complacency about this set, and I think there are safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry and maybe the state of New Mexico,” Mendoza told reporters. in Santa Fe.

Despite the sheriff’s charge of ‘complacency’ on set, first judicial district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, whose office would pursue any criminal cases here, said she could not yet say whether a lackluster job would constitute. an accusation.

“There is a bridge and it will take a lot more facts, corroborated facts, before we can achieve that standard of criminal negligence,” she said.

It’s been almost a week since a gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and director Joel Souza, 48 years old injured.

The bullet that killed Hutchins and then lodged in Souza’s left shoulder has been removed by medics, the sheriff said.

Much of the attention fell on “Rust” assistant director Dave Halls, who was fired from the movie “Freedom’s Path” in 2019 after a gun was unexpectedly discharged on the filming in New Mexico, injuring a member of the crew, a producer of this film. said.

Halls shouted “cold pistol” a week ago Thursday before handing the gun to Baldwin, incorrectly stating that there were no live ammunition, according to a search warrant.

Questions were also raised about the level of experience of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, the armourer of the ensemble. Gutierrez-Reed, the daughter of Hollywood stuntman Thell Reed, was responsible for gun and gun safety on set.

These two crew members and Baldwin spoke to detectives.

“The three people cooperated with the investigation and provided statements,” Mendoza said.

Representatives for Baldwin and Souza declined to comment immediately after Mendoza’s briefing with reporters.

The tragedy has prompted some in Hollywood to call for stricter gun safety rules or a total ban on guns on set in the age of computer-generated visuals.

Work on “Rust” has been suspended until the investigation is completed, the film’s production team told crew members in a letter Sunday night.

“As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to complete the package at least until the investigations are completed,” the letter said.

Diane dasrath contributed.


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