Criminal charges possible over fatal shooting on ‘Rust’ set, says prosecutor

An investigation into the nature of the ammunition found on set is ongoing

A district attorney has said criminal charges have not been ruled out following the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.

Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies recently spoke to The New York Times about the tragic accident which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza, after Alec Baldwin fired a gun which was loaded.

“It was a legit gun,” Carmack-Altwies told the publication, disputing reports that Baldwin had fired a “prop gun” in the accident. “It was an antique, era-appropriate gun.”

The prosecutor went on to say that an “enormous amount of bullets” had been found on the set, and that an investigation would be taking place to look into the nature of the ammunition.

“Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table,” Carmack-Altwies says in regards to possible charges following the accident.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin CREDIT: Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for National Geographic

Prop master Neal W Zoromski recently said he turned down the opportunity to work on Rust due to “massive red flags” regarding the project.

Speaking to the LA Times, Zoromski, who has worked in Hollywood for three decades, recalled how he’d been offered to join the Rust film crew last month in New Mexico, but turned it down after informal discussions with film managers.

“After I pressed ‘send’ on that last email, I felt, in the pit of my stomach: ‘That is an accident waiting to happen,’” Zoromski said.

Baldwin, who also acts as a producer on Rustreleased a statement following the incident.

“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother, and deeply admired colleagues of ours.

“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.

“My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

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