District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told the New York Times that officials are still investigating the Alec Baldwin shooting during the making of “Rust” and that criminal charges are still very much on the table.
This comes on the heels of the revelation that cast members had been using that very same gun just hours before the shooting, which means a live bullet might have been left in the gun at that time.
Last week Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in the movie when he discharged the gun killing one and wounding another. That shot ended up killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. Baldwin is the executive producer of the movie.
Carmack-Altwies told the NY Times:
“Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table. There were an enormous amount of bullets on this set, and we need to find out what kinds they were.”
The gun used in the shooting was an authentic period piece and was not just a prop. This shooting reminds many of the shooting of Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee during the 1993 filming of the movie “Crow.” The sequel to that movie “The Crow..Salvation” shot in 2000 had one Dave halls as one of the makers of that movie and s the same one who handed Baldwin the gun used in the shootings. Maggie Goll, a prop maker, and licensed pyrotechnician had filed a complaint against Halls for unsafe practices while filming “Into the Dark” in 2019.
Regarding the firearm that Baldwin used, the district attorney said that “it was a legit gun … an antique, era-appropriate gun.”
Court documents filed in the case revealed that an assistant director, Dave Halls, unwittingly handed Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe—yelling “cold gun”—moments before he used the firearm.
“We have complex cases all the time,” she said. “But this kind of complex case, with these kinds of prominent people, no.”
Some criminal attorneys, including Alan Dershowitz and Mark Geragos, have suggested that Baldwin or someone else could face charges in the shooting.
“Alec Baldwin is presumably in charge because he’s the producer and has a great voice on the budget here,” Geragos told Fox News this week. “I guarantee you they’re also looking at whether or not people were shaving money or trying to cut costs and [whether] this is one of the results of that.”