The latest on the Alec Baldwin prop gun shooting

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Here’s the latest on the tragedy on the set of the "Rust":

What happened?

  • Actor Alec Baldwin fired the shot that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
  • Deputies say Souza told them they were rehearsing a scene where Baldwin would point the gun toward the camera.
  • Criminal charges could possibly be announced Wednesday morning by Santa Fe law enforcement officials.

Who handled the gun before Baldwin fired it?

  • Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the film’s armorer, who was responsible for the "prop guns." According to IMDB, she had only worked as an armorer on one other film.
  • Dave Halls, the assistant director, who last handed the gun to Baldwin. According to warrants, Halls grabbed the gun from a cart set up by Gutierrez-Reed and reportedly yelled "cold gun!" before handing it to Baldwin, indicating it was not loaded with a live round. In a 911 call, a crew member can be heard complaining about Halls.
  • Halls was also the subject of a prior safety complaint on the set of Hulu’s "Into The Dark" back in 2019.
  • In a separate incident, Halls was fired from the production of "Freedom’s Path" after a gun was "unexpectedly discharged" on set.

What was seized from the set?

  • New documents reveal deputies seized nine spent shell casings, three black revolvers, two boxes of ammo, a fanny pack with ammo, loose ammo, and boxes from a tray.
  • Documents also say deputies took swabs of suspected blood, a hard drive, and took pictures of the scene.