SANTA FE, NM: Officers investigating a film-set shooting by Alec Baldwin will demand a ballistic analysis, hoping they may question the critical question of what type of material can be fired from a gun that kills a cinematographer. will help to answer. was granted leave.
Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department spokesman Juan Rios said Monday that investigators have spoken with the man in charge of the weapons on set, known as an armorer, and are conducting additional interviews with potential witnesses.
One of the central mysteries is what kind of projectile was fired from the gun and how it got there. He said investigators hope forensic analysis of ballistic evidence will shed light on those questions.
“It is a complicated matter,” he said.
Cinematographer Halina Hutchins, 42, was killed and director Joel Souza, 48, was injured while Baldwin was using a revolver during rehearsals. According to court documents, the actor was told that the gun was not loaded.
The accident happened on Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe on the set of the Western indie film “Rust.”
Rios said investigators had interviewed 24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez, who was responsible for protecting the weapons on set, but did not provide any details. Gutierrez has not spoken publicly, and Reuters has not been able to reach him.
Baldwin, the director and others have also been interviewed but no allegations have been made.
According to the sheriff’s department affidavit, the camera operators had left the set to protest the working conditions prior to the incident. Rios said the investigation into the shooting is investigating further information on what happened that day.
“Investigators are looking at “everything that should have been followed, and the safety standards were put down,” Rios said.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff and local district attorney are scheduled to talk about the case at a news conference on Wednesday. Rios said it would take investigators time to draw conclusions about what happened.
In her first public statement about the incident, Baldwin’s wife Hilaria said Monday that “it is impossible to express the shock and heartache of such a tragic accident.”
“My heart goes out to Halina. Her husband. Her son. Their family and loved ones. And my Alec,” she wrote on Instagram.