A bouquet of flowers hangs from barbed wire outside Bonanza Creek Ranch, where actor Alec Baldwin fired a rifle on set and killed cinematographer Halin Hutchin, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, October 24, 2021.
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The assistant director, who handed Alec Baldwin the rifle that killed cinematographer Halina Hutchins, told authorities that he did not check all the cartridges inside the revolver before declaring it a “melee weapon” on the set of Rust in New Mexico. filed Wednesday disclosed.
Deputy Director David Halls admitted to investigators that he should have examined all the cartridges in the pistol before firing last Thursday, the warrant said.
Halls raised the pistol and took it to Hannah Gutierrez, a gunsmith, for inspection ahead of last Thursday’s stage rehearsal, according to a search warrant filed with Santa Fe County Magistrates’ Court.
“I check the barrel for obstacles, most of the time there is no live fire, [Hannah] opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say edged weapons on set, Halls said, according to the document.
Halls said he only remembered seeing three shots fired in the chamber before handing the pistol to Baldwin.
“He advised to check them all, but did not and could not remember if there were [Gutierrez] spun the drum, “the order said.
After Hutchins was fatally wounded and director Joel Sousa was injured when Baldwin fired, Halls lifted a pistol from a pew in the church where they were filming, according to the warrant.
He brought the firearm to Gutierrez, who opened it to see what was inside.
Halls said he could only remember four “dummies” with a hole in the side and one without a hole, the warrant says. He said there was no “cap” on this cartridge, just a sleeve.
Halls was previously fired from the set of Freedom Paths in 2019 after a crew member sustained a minor and temporary injury from an unexpected pistol discharge, the project’s producer told NBC News.
According to the warrant, Gutierrez explained that when the team took a break for lunch before rehearsing a scene at the church, all the firearms were taken to a truck mounted on set and placed in a safe. The ammunition was left on a trolley on set and was not secured.
The warrant said that after lunch, the property manager on the set, Sarah Zachary, took a weapon out of the safe and handed it to Gutierrez. Gutierrez told authorities that live ammunition was never stored on set.
“Joel [Souza] As far as he knows, no one is checked for the presence of live ammunition before and after the scenes are filmed. ” Joel said that under no circumstances should there be any live ammunition near the scene. “
The search warrant was disclosed less than an hour after Santa Fe County investigators told reporters they believed they had found the lead shell that caused Hutchins’ death. Authorities said the object was found from Sousa’s shoulder.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adana Mendoza said investigators also found a pistol and a cartridge case that were believed to have been used in the accidental shooting.