(FiveNation.com)- The investigation into the accidental killing of a cinematographer on the set of the movie “Rust” has taken another twist and turn.
Detectives this week say they recovered boxed and loose ammunition from the set. On Monday, an inventory of the items the detectives seized from the set of the Western movie was released, and the ammunition was on it.
Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a shot from a prop gun that killed Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer, and injured a director.
Law enforcement authorities didn’t say what the type of ammunition was that was taken from the set, nor whether there were blank cartridges, dummy bullets or live ammunition.
Included in the list of items taken from the set were “loose ammo and boxes,” “a fanny pack with ammo” and “ammo.”
Investigators are still trying to determine what exactly was fired from the prop gun that was accidentally fired by Baldwin and that resulted in Hutchins’ death. They are trying to figure out the type of projectile that was fired and also how it got in the gun in the first place.
On Monday, Juan Rios, who is a spokesman for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, said they are hoping that a forensic analysis of the ballistic evidence that was taken from the scene will reveal some answers to the many questions people have.
He said it’s “a complicated case,” and one that might take a while to get to the bottom of.
A lot of the media’s focus has turned to Dave Halls, the assistant director who gave the gun to Baldwin before the deadly incident and who told the actor that it was “cold,” which means it was not loaded. This week, it was revealed that a movie production company had fired Hall from a movie before over a mishap with a gun.
In 2019, while working for the independent movie “Freedom’s Path,” Halls was removed from set and eventually fired by production company Rocket Soul. That happened after one of the crew members on the set suffered a temporary and minor injury. In that case, a prop gun was also discharged unexpectedly.
In the “Rust” case, Hutchins, a 42-year-old cinematographer, and 48-year-old director Joel Souza were both struct by a projectile that came out of the revolver that Baldwin was using during a rehearsal for a scene. Hutchins was flown to a local hospital but succumbed to her injuries, while Souza survived.
According to documents filed in court, Baldwin was told the gun wasn’t loaded before it was handed to him.
The incident happened last Thursday on the set of the movie, which was filming at the Bonanza Creek Ranch just outside of Santa Fe. Production for the movie has been halted as of right now, and there isn’t any word on whether it will restart.
Police have interviewed the director, Baldwin and some other people who were present on the scene at the time of the shooting. No one has been officially charged with a crime as of now, though.