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‘Fanny pack of loose ammo’ found on Rust set amid Alec Baldwin film shooting investigation


Investigators have recovered items from the set of Rust (Pictures: AP / Getty / Twitter @TessaMentus)

Further questions around safety on the set of Rust have been raised after detectives recovered ‘loose ammunition’ from the Bonanza Creek set.

Investigations are ongoing after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed director of cinematography Halyna Hutchins during a rehearsal last Thursday with a prop gun.

An inventory of seized items filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court on Monday noted that loose and boxed ammunition was found. However, authorities did not say what type of ammunition they removed and whether it included live or dummy bullets or blank cartridges.

It was reported, via Reuters, the items included two boxes of ‘ammo,’ ‘loose ammo and boxes’ as well as ‘a fanny pack w/ammo’.

Three black revolvers, spent casings, a gun belt and other items were also recovered by investigators.

Juan Rios, a spokesman for the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, said yesterday they hope a forensic analysis of ballistic evidence will shed light on what kind of projectile killed Hutchins.

Cinematographer Hutchins was killed (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)
The shooting occurred on the Sante Fe set at Bonanza Creek (Picture: Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

Rios added investigators ‘are looking at everything that should have been followed, from safety standards on down’.

Noting it was a ‘complicated case’ Rios said Hannah Gutierrez, 24, who was responsible for the safety of weapons on the set, has been interviewed.

Baldwin and the director Joel Souza, 48, who was also shot in the incident but later released from hospital, have also been interviewed but no charges have been brought.

The actor, who was cast in the leading role of Harland Rust, was sitting in a wooden church pew rehearsing a scene that involved ‘cross-drawing’ a revolver and pointing it at the camera lens.

Baldwin, seen here after the incident, has spoken to investigators (Picture: AP)

Director Souza who had been standing next to Hutchins ‘viewing the camera angle’ said he heard what ‘sounded like a whip and then loud pop’.

Hutchins reportedly grabbed her ‘mid-section’ and stumbled backwards, and was heard saying she couldn’t feel her legs.

The Ukranian-born director of photography was taken by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

More details have emerged since Hutchins’ death, with Souza saying the prop guns were typically checked by the film’s armorer, Gutierrez-Reed, followed by assistant director Dave Halls, who would hand them to the actors.

According to an affidavit, Halls took the revolver from a two-tiered tray set up by Gutierrez-Reid and handed it to Baldwin, shouting ‘cold gun’ – which means a gun not loaded with ammunition.

Baldwin is said to be ‘inconsolable’ following the tragedy, and tweeted about his heartbreak on Friday night.

The 30 Rock star wrote: ‘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 colleague 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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