Alec Baldwin shooting: Actor’s daughter defends father as sheriff confirms no-one cleared in probe

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Criminal charges could still be filed in the probe into Halya Hutchin’s death, US police have said. The focus of the investigation is on how live ammunition came to be on the set of the movie project where the fatal incident took place.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said that “all options are on the table” and that “no one has been ruled out” of potential charges.

Police made the announcement at a news conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wednesday, six days after the movie-set shooting that left the 42-year-old cinematographer dead.

Investigators said that a “lead projectile” was removed from the shoulder of director Joel Souza and that it appeared to be a live round. Actor Alec Baldwin fired the gun that killed cinematographer Halya Hutchin’s on the set of their film Rust.

Santa Fe sheriff Adan Mendoza has said that officers are “not exactly sure of [Baldwin’s] present whereabouts”, although the actor is said to be cooperating with authorities and had not been instructed to remain in New Mexico.

Mr Bladwin has since been sighted in Vermont with family.

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Key Points

  • Details emerge of events that unfolded on Rust set

  • Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were hit by the same bullet, say police

  • Santa Fe County DA says she was ‘completely astonished’ when she heard of Rust shooting

  • Santa Fe County sheriff’s office recovered 500 rounds of ammunition from the set of Rust

  • Ireland Baldwin supports dad Alec amid investigation

  • How and why was there live ammunition on set?

Wednesday 27 October 2021 14:56 , Clemence Michallon

Authorities will present their initial findings from Santa Fe, New Mexico, at 10am local time/12pm ET/9am PT/5pm BST.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies are expected to speak, delivering their first detailed public comments about the events that unfolded on 21 October on the set of Rust.

Wednesday 27 October 2021 15:22 , Clemence Michallon

A California lawmaker says he will propose a “live” gun ban on movie sets after the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.

David Cortese, a Democratic state senator for Silicon Valley, announced his plan two days after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his forthcoming film Rust, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Mr Cortese said his legislation banning “live” ammunition on sets would “prevent this type of senseless violence and loss of life”.

Read more in the story below:

California senator to propose ‘live’ gun ban on film sets after Alec Baldwin shooting

Wednesday 27 October 2021 15:37 , Clemence Michallon

Here is how you can watch today’s press conference at 10am local time in Santa Fe (12pm ET):

Everything you need to know about Alec Baldwin shooting press conference

Wednesday 27 October 2021 16:07 , Clemence Michallon

Investigators hope a forensic analysis of ballistic evidence will shed light on the events of 21 October, but they have said not to expect answers anytime soon.

“We need to be diligent about the investigation so, should there be charges ultimately filed, they are able to uphold those in court,” Juan Rios, spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, told Reuters.

Interviews are ongoing and detectives may need to talk to as many as 50 people, Rios said.

(Reuters)

Wednesday 27 October 2021 16:28 , Clemence Michallon

Internal investigation launched

The production of Rust has hired a legal team to conduct an internal investigation into the shooting incident.

“In addition to cooperating with authorities, we hired a legal team from Jenner & Block to conduct an investigation of the events,” said a note sent to the film’s cast and crew members, published by Deadline.

The note adds: “We have stressed that they will have full discretion about who to interview and any conclusions they draw.”

Wednesday 27 October 2021 16:46 , Clemence Michallon

Press conference starting soon

Investigators are due to speak in about 15 minutes to provide their initial findings.

Here is how you can follow and watch the press conference:

Everything you need to know about Alec Baldwin shooting press conference

Wednesday 27 October 2021 16:55 , Clemence Michallon

New claims

Nicolas Cage had previously complained about the behaviour of Rust armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reid when they worked together, it is being claimed.

Cage and Gutierrez-Reid worked together on The Old Way, where it has been reported the armourer was also accused of failing to abide by gun safety protocols. It filmed only two months before Rust.

Stu Brumbaugh, a key grip on the movie told The Wrap that Gutierrez-Reid fired a gun near the cast and crew which caused Cage to burst out in anger. Brumbaugh said Cage shouted: “Make an announcement, you just blew my f***ing eardrums out!”

Nicolas Cage stormed off set after Rust armourer’s actions on previous film

Wednesday 27 October 2021 17:01 , Clemence Michallon

Investigators in Santa Fe are preparing to give an update in a news conference:

 (Facebook/Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office)
(Facebook/Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office)

Wednesday 27 October 2021 17:10 , Clemence Michallon

Charges may be filed

Authorities at the press conference say the investigation is ongoing and charges may be filed at a later date if probable cause is found.

For now, though, they have stressed the importance of allowing the probe to carry on.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza both highlighted how crucial it is to allow those findings to be made.

Wednesday 27 October 2021 17:19 , Clemence Michallon

FBI to inspect evidence

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza told reporters at a news conference today that interviews have been conducted, search warrants executed, and evidence from the scene has been collected and processed.

A search warrant was issued for any camera footage taken at the scene.

Approximately 500 rounds of ammunition, including blanks, have been collected, as well as three firearms, Mendoza said.

According to Mendoza, authorities believe they have in their possession the firearm that was fired by Alec Baldwin, as well as the spent shell casing from the bullet that was fired from the gun.

Evidence will be sent to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis.

Wednesday 27 October 2021 17:25 , Clemence Michallon

Authorities don’t rule out possible charges

New Mexico authorities have not ruled out the possibility of multiple charges in Alec Baldwin’s fatal on-set shooting – including for the actor himself.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies offered their first public update on the case on Wednesday, almost a week after Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his film Rust, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Read more below:

Alec Baldwin could still face charges for Rust shooting

Wednesday 27 October 2021 17:45 , Clemence Michallon

Investigators to probe on-set circumstances

Police in New Mexico will probe tensions on the Rust set that led to a walkout hours before, with the sheriff declaring that “there was complacency” towards weapon safety.

Read our developing story:

Police to probe tensions on Rust set that led to walkout hours before

Wednesday 27 October 2021 18:07 , Clemence Michallon

Investigation continues

Authorities say they have recovered a lead projectile believed to have been fired from the gun used in the fatal movie-set shooting.

Testing is being done to determine whether the lead projectile recovered from director Joel Souza’s shoulder was fired from the gun — a long Colt revolver — used by Baldwin. Two other guns seized include a single-action revolver that may have been modified and a plastic prop gun that was described as a revolver.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said it’s too early to comment on whether any charges will be filed. He also noted that 500 rounds of ammunition — a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and live rounds — were found while searching the set.

The sheriff would not comment on how the rounds got on set.

Investigators said they will also be following up on reports that there were other incidents involving misfires with guns used on the set.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said investigators can’t say whether it was negligence or by whom at this point.

Both the sheriff and district attorney said they will not rush to judgment and that more investigation is needed.

(AP)

Wednesday 27 October 2021 18:29 , Clemence Michallon

Details emerge of events that unfolded on Rust set

Alec Baldwin fired a single bullet which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and then lodged in the shoulder of directorJoel Souza on the set of the movie Rust, police have confirmed.

While police said they were continuing their investigation, and prosecutors said they had not ruled out the option of bringing charges against anyone, including the 63-year-old star, police said it appeared Baldwin had fired a single round from a .45 Lee handgun.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the bullet had been passed to investigators by medical officials who removed it from the shoulder of the injured director.

Read more below:

Alec Baldwin fired ‘single bullet which killed Halyna Hutchins then hit director’

Wednesday 27 October 2021 18:52 , Clemence Michallon

How movie prop guns work

Prop guns include both real guns as well as toy guns or defunct weapons. The former are typically used to add an element of authenticity to close-up shots, as pointed out by firearms expert Cameron Brown in an article for American Cinematography magazine.

How prop guns filled with blanks can still fire life-threatening shots

Wednesday 27 October 2021 19:15 , Clemence Michallon

What happened and what are the rules about using prop guns on set?

Here is what we know so far about the events of 21 October:

What happened in Alec Baldwin shooting incident that left film crew member dead?

Wednesday 27 October 2021 19:34 , Clemence Michallon

Details emerge in affidavit

Assistant Director Davis Halls told police that when Rust armourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed “showed him” the gun later used by Mr Baldwin “before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds,” an affidavit filed on Wednesday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, and obtained by The Independent, shows.

Mr Halls “advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t and couldn’t recall” if Ms Gutierrez-Reed “spun the drum” the legal document stated.

Assistant director tells police he didn’t check all rounds before giving Baldwin gun

Wednesday 27 October 2021 20:13 , Clemence Michallon

Authorities to look into “rumours” and “statements”

Police in New Mexico will probe “tensions” on the Rust set that led to a walkout hours before the fatal shooting of the cinematographer and the wounding of the movie’s director, with the sheriff declaring that “there was complacency” towards weapon safety.

Around half a dozen crew members allegedly walked off the set of the movie on the morning of the shooting to protest working conditions on the low-budget western, according to reports.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza was asked about “tensions on the set” and reports of crew members allegedly drinking the night before the accident, which saw actor Alec Baldwin fire what he thought to be an unloaded prop gun, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

“I wont talk about specifics but we are aware of those rumours, or those statements that have been made, and we are going to do our best to track those down,” he told a Wednesday press conference in New Mexico.

Police to probe ‘tensions’ on Rust set that led to walkout hours before

Wednesday 27 October 2021 20:53 , Clemence Michallon

New details emerge, charges still a possibility

New details about the incident emerged on Wednesday during a news conference by Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and in an affidavit filed by the local sheriff’s department.

Mendoza also told reporters there was a complacent attitude towards safety on the set.

Mendoza and Carmack-Altwies said that while no charges have been filed, they are not ruling out that possibility.

"All options are on the table. ... No one has been ruled out at this point,” Carmack-Altwies said referring to potential criminal charges.

(Reuters)

Assistant director tells police he didn’t check all rounds before giving Baldwin gun

Wednesday 27 October 2021 21:21 , Clemence Michallon

Ammunition collected as evidence

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said that authorities have collected 600 pieces of evidence including three firearms, 500 rounds of ammunition – some believed to be live bullets – and several pieces of clothing and accessories in the ongoing investigation.

Some evidence is being sent to an FBI crime lab for analysis, Mendoza said.

Authorities have the firearm used in the shooting, Mendoza said, and they recovered the bullet from the shoulder of director Joel Souza, who was wounded but later released from the hospital. Mendoza said it appears the same bullet struck Souza and Hutchins.

(Reuters)

Wednesday 27 October 2021 21:47 , Clemence Michallon

Questions remain

Nearly a week after the fatal shooting on the set of the film Rust, several key questions remain unanswered, including who loaded Alec Baldwin’s gun, who could face charges over the incident, and what changes it could prompt in the movie industry.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza provided an update on the case at a press briefing on Wednesday.

Key details from the briefing included the seizure of about 500 rounds of ammunition from the set, confirmation that the gun was handled by at least two people prior to Baldwin, and that there was no footage of the shooting.

However, a number of questions about the tragedy still have yet to be resolved as the investigation continues.

Read more in the story below:

Key questions about Alec Baldwin shooting that remain unanswered

Wednesday 27 October 2021 22:06 , Clemence Michallon

California lawmaker to propose gun ban on film sets

A California lawmaker says he will propose a “live” gun ban on movie sets after the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.

David Cortese, a Democratic state senator for Silicon Valley, announced his plan two days after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of the western, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

Mr Cortese said his legislation banning “live” ammunition on sets would “prevent this type of senseless violence and loss of life”.

California senator to propose ‘live’ gun ban on film sets after Alec Baldwin shooting

Santa Fe County DA says she was ‘shocked’ and ‘completely astonished’ when she heard of Rust shooting

Wednesday 27 October 2021 23:11 , Graeme Massie

Mary Carmack-Altwies has said that she was “shocked” and “completely astonished” when she heard of the shooting on the set of the Alec Baldwin movie Rust that left one person dead.

Ms Carmack-Altwies told CNN in a new interview that she had thought movie sets were “safer and more protected.”

“The entire situation has shocked me. I was under the assumption, probably with most other people in this country, that movie sets were much safer and more protected than I think that at least this movie was,” she told the news network.

Alec Baldwin shooting: Prosecutor says she was ‘shocked’ and ‘completely astonished’ at Rust death

Thursday 28 October 2021 00:01 , Graeme Massie

The Santa Fe County district attorney says she was “shocked” and “completely astonished” when she heard of the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust movie.

Mary Carmack-Altwies will ultimately decide if any criminal charges will be brought against anyone following the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins who was shot during filming.

Santa Fe County DA ‘shocked’ and ‘completely astonished’ at Rust shooting

Rust armourer ‘mishandled’ guns on Nicolas Cage movie set, crew member tells CNN

01:02 , Graeme Massie

The lead armourer on Rust, Hannah Gutierrez, allegedly mishandled weapons on the set of a previous movie with Nicholas Cage, according to CNN,

Two crew members on The Old Way told the news network that the 24-year-old fired a gun near the actor on set with no warning, according to key grip Stu Brumbaugh, who says he then asked for her to be dismissed.

“Make an announcement! You just blew my f***ing eardrums out!” Cage screamed in annoyance before walking off set, claimed Mr Brumbaugh.

“She was talking to the stunt coordinator, and she just fired off a round, it sounded (like she fired])at the ground, and that’s when Nick really laid into her. That’s when I said she needs to be let go, she’s the most inexperienced armorer I had ever worked with. I have no idea why she wasn’t let go,” said Mr Brumbaugh.

Another crew member on the film, who asked CNN not to name them, also raised concerns about Ms Gutierrez.

“She didn’t carry the firearms safely. She had pistols tucked under her armpits and was carrying rifles in each hand that were ready to be used in the scene,” the crew member claimed to CNN.

“Firearms were aimed at people. She turned around and the pistols that were tucked under her armpits were pointing back at people.”

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Home of Rust set medic being guarded by security

02:03 , Graeme Massie

The home of the Rust on -set medic who tried to save the life of Halyna Hutchins is being guarded by security, according to Fox News.

“The security personnel is from the same security detail at Bonanza Ranch where the movie was being filmed,” according to the news network.

Santa Fe County DA says ‘corners were definitely cut’ on Rust set

03:02 , Graeme Massie

Mary Carmack-Altwies made the statement in an interview with NBC News.

Ireland Baldwin supports dad Alec amid investigation

03:58 , Holly Bancroft

The actor’s daughter took to Instagram after a movie production worker shared a positive memory of her father, who had asked for milk and cereal to be provided in his hotel room for his then-young daughter.

“Amongst some of the most abhorrent and threatening comments, emails, text messages, and voicemails I’ve been getting... this beautiful comment stands alone,” Ireland wrote.

“I know my dad, you simply don’t. I love you, Dad.”

Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were hit by the same bullet, say police

04:45 , Peony Hirwani

A single bullet killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and then lodged in the shoulder of director Joel Souza on the set Rust, police have said.

While officers said they were continuing their investigation, and prosecutors said they have not ruled out the option of bringing charges against anyone, including Baldwin, police said it appeared that the actor had fired a single round from a .45 Lee handgun.

At a news conference on Wednesday (27 October), Santa Fe County sheriff Adan Mendoza said the bullet had been passed to investigators by medical officials who removed it from the shoulder of the injured director.

Andrew Buncombe has the full story:

Alec Baldwin fired ‘single bullet which killed Halyna Hutchins then hit director’

Key questions left unanswered after press conference on Rust tragedy

05:15 , Peony Hirwani

Nearly a week after the fatal shooting on the set of the film Rust, several key questions remain unanswered, including who loaded Alec Baldwin’s gun, who could face charges over the incident, and what changes it could prompt in the movie industry.

Megan Sheets has the full story:

Key questions about Alec Baldwin shooting that remain unanswered

Santa Fe County sheriff’s office recovered 500 rounds of ammunition from the set of Rust

05:45 , Peony Hirwani

During Wednesday’s press conference, Santa Fe County sheriff’s office revealed that they recovered three guns, and approximately 500 rounds of ammunition from the set of Rust.

The bullets were a mix of blanks, dummy rounds, and, possibly, live rounds.

The sheriff further specified that one of the three guns collected from the set was a non-functioning firearm.

“There was a total of 500 rounds of ammunition — that is a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting [are] live rounds,” Sheriff Adan Mendoza said. “[It’s] too early right now to comment on charges at this point.”

A petition to ban the use of real firearms on set has garnered over 64,000 signatures

06:15 , Peony Hirwani

After the fatal shooting on the set of Rust took place, a Change.org petition addressed to Alec Baldwin that calls for a ban on using real firearms on set and demands better working conditions for crew has garnered more than 64,000 signatures.

The originator of the petition, who seem to have attended the same institute as Halyna Hutchins, wrote: “We need to make sure that this avoidable tragedy never happens again.”

“There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets,” they added. “This isn’t the early 90’s, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost.”

Towards the end, the petition-maker also demanded “Baldwin to use his power and influence in the Hollywood film industry to make a change and ban real guns on film sets.”

California senator to propose ‘live’ gun ban on movie sets

06:45 , Peony Hirwani

A California lawmaker says he will propose a “live” gun ban on movie sets after the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.

David Cortese, who is a Democratic state senator for Silicon Valley, said his legislation banning “live” ammunition on sets would “prevent this type of senseless violence and loss of life,” in reference to the Baldwin shooting.

“There is an urgent need to address alarming work abuses and safety violations occurring on the set of theatrical productions, including unnecessary high-risk conditions such as the use of live firearms,” Cortese said in a statement.

He acknowledged that the Rust shooting occurred outside of his home state, in New Mexico, but said: “It is important that California establish new safety standards and best practices for all those who work in the industry and particularly in our own state.

Megan Sheets has the full story

California senator to propose ‘live’ gun ban on film sets after Alec Baldwin shooting

How live ammo got on Rust set is still a mystery

07:15 , Peony Hirwani

A week after the shooting on the set of Rust, accounts, and images released in court documents, interviews and social media postings have portrayed much of what happened during the tragedy, but they have yet to answer the key question: how live ammunition wound up in a real gun being used as a movie prop, despite precautions that should have prevented it.

Read the full story here.

How live ammo got on set still a mystery in Alec Baldwin shooting

Assistant director Dave Halls admits he didn’t fully check gun, affidavit says

07:45 , Holly Bancroft

Assistant director Dave Halls who handed over the prop gun to Alec Baldwin allegedly admitted that he didn’t thoroughly check it, according to new documents.

Halls allegedly told investigators that typically he would “check the barrel for obstructions,” and then armourer Hannah Reed-Gutierrez “opens the hatch and spins the drum,” before yelling “cold gun” on set.

But before the shooting on 21 October, Halls said he “could only remember seeing three rounds” of dummy bullets in the chamber.

“He (Halls) advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she (Reed-Gutierrez) spun the drum,” the documents state.

After the shooting, Halls said they opened up the gun and found four dummy rounds and one live round.

“He advised he could only remember seeing at least four dummy casings with the hole in the side, and one without the hole,” the documents state. “He advised this round did not have the ‘cap’ on it and was just the casing. David advised the incident was not a deliberate act.”

Film’s armourer reportedly told a detective that she had checked gun rounds

08:19 , Holly Bancroft

The armourer on the film Rust, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, told a detective that she had checked the dummy rounds on set to ensure that they were not “hot”, according to an affidavit released on Wednesday.

Dummy rounds don’t have a primer cap and contain no gun powder. Ms Gutierrez-Reed told detectives that the ammunition was left out on a cart on the set while the crew took a break for lunch.

Assistant director, Dave Halls, then took the firearm from the cart and handed it to Alec Baldwin before the shooting, court papers detailed.

Ms Gutierrez-Reed reportedly told the detective that no live ammunition “is ever kept on set”.

Alec Baldwin retweets article detailing how he was told the gun he used was ‘cold’

08:35 , Holly Bancroft

Actor Alec Baldwin has retweeted an article that claims that he had no idea that the gun he used contained live ammunition.

The article from the New York Times, retweeted by Mr Baldwin, described how assistant director Dave Halls declared the gun was “cold” before handing it to the actor. The article said that the assistant director had reportedly told detectives that he should have inspected each round in each chamber but didn’t.

Mr Baldwin also posted a second article a few days ago, originally published by Variety, which had the headline: “Alec Baldwin was told prop gun was safe before fatal shooting, affidavit says.

My colleague Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the details.

Alec Baldwin shares article saying assistant director should have checked weapon

Family of camera operator who died on film set says Hollywood needs to do more to protect its workers

09:12 , Holly Bancroft

The family of a camera operator who was killed on the set of Midnight Rider have said that Hollywood needs to do more to protect staff.

Camera operator Sarah Jones died from her injuries after she was hit by a freight train in 2014 while filming for the film Midnight Rider, a biopic about musician Gregg Allman.

Her father, Richard Jones, told Fox News that the death of Hayla Hutchins was a painful reminder of the dangers of film and television sets.

He said: “It hurts. We’ve been working on this so that it wouldn’t happen again. And yet it has. I had hoped that Sarah’s death would make a difference. I had hoped that Sarah’s death would even save lives. I would have hoped that Sarah’s death would have saved Halyna.”

My colleague Arpan Rai reports on Mr Jones’ interview.

Alec Baldwin shooting: It hurts, says father of crew killed on Midnight Rider set

Nicholas Cage allegedly complained about Rust amourer on previous film

09:40 , Holly Bancroft

Nicholas Cage had previously complained about the behaviour of Rust amourer Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, it has been claimed.

The actor allegedly worked with Ms Gutierrez-Reid on the film The Old Way, only two months before she went to work on Rust.

A crew member who was responsible for positioning cameras on The Old Way told the film industry website The Wrap that Nicholas Cage had burst out in anger at Ms Gutierrez-Reid’s behaviour.

Stu Brumbaugh, a key grip on the movie, alleged that Ms Gutierrez-Reid had fired a gun near the cast and crew. The incident apparently caused Nicholas Cage to shout: “Make an announcement, you just blew my f***ing eardrums out!”.

He also alleged that it was the second time that the armourer had fired a gun in three days and that Nicholas Cage stormed off set.

My colleague Sam Moore has more details.

Nicolas Cage stormed off set after Rust armourer’s actions on previous film

Question of negligence could come down to the level of firearms training Baldwin received, says trial attorney

09:59 , Holly Bancroft

Trial attorney Jeff Harris had told CNBC that the question of negligence on the film Rust could come down to the amount of firearms training Baldwin received.

Mr Harris, who is not representing any party in the incident, told the American news network: “It may ultimately boil down to really a question of whether or not the actor was appropriately trained in the use of firearms, and that would fall on the production company, and it might absolve Baldwin of negligence.”

He added that gross negligence likely occurred on the set of the film. He said: “I frankly think that if you have a movie set where you’ve got live ammunition that is intermingled with dummy ammunition and intermingled with blanks, that’s the kind of activity that rises to the level of gross negligence, and I do believe that someone, ultimately, is going to be charged with at least criminal negligence in this case.”

Director Joel Souza spotted in public for first time

12:40 , Tom Batchelor

Joel Souza, the Rust director injured during the on set shooting has been seen in public for the first time.

Mr Souza was photographed sitting in a car with his hand covering his face while driving through Palo Alto in California.

The 48-year-old director was wounded but released from hospital following the incident.

Baldwin’s daughter defends father against ‘abhorrent and threatening comments’

13:10 , Tom Batchelor

Ireland Baldwin has issued another defence of her father, Alec Baldwin, following the fatal shooting.

The 26-year-old posted a screenshot of a positive comment about him on her Instagram.

The comment came from someone who identified themselves as working with the same production company that made the 1999 film Thomas and the Magic Railroad, starring Baldwin as Mr Conductor.

The comment said: “I’d dealt with typing up some pretty goofy celebrity riders in my day but NOT your dad.”

Here is the story:

Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland defends father against ‘abhorrent comments’

Sheriff ‘not exactly sure of Baldwin’s present whereabouts’

13:44 , Tom Batchelor

The New Mexico police officer investigating the shooting on the set of Rust has said he is “not exactly sure of [Alec Baldwin’s] present whereabouts”.

While Santa Fe sheriff Adan Mendoza said he didn’t know the exact location of the 63-year-old actor, Baldwin is said to be cooperating with authorities and had not been instructed to remain in New Mexico.

The film’s producers have hired the law firm Jenner & Block to investigate the shooting. They have said the lawyers “will have full discretion about who to interview and any conclusions they draw”.

Baldwin reportedly travels to New England to be with family

14:15 , Tom Batchelor

US media reports suggest Alec Baldwin has left New Mexico, where the shooting took place, and has travelled to New England to spend time with his family.

TMZ obtained photos of Baldwin with members of his family in what the site described as an “off-the-beaten-path location”.

Baldwin is said to be cooperating fully with detectives, and the actor had not been asked to remain in New Mexico, reports said.

Police confirm Alec Baldwin shooting involved ‘real bullet’

14:48 , Oliver O'Connell

Police looking into the shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin’s film Rust have confirmed that the actor fired a “real bullet” from the gun that shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, and are investigating rumours of on-set “target practice” using live ammunition.

Hutchins was killed after being shot in the chest when Mr Baldwin fired what should be have been a prop gun. The bullet that killed Hutchins also struck director Joel Souza in the shoulder, leaving him in need of hospital treatment.

Harriet Sinclair reports.

Police looking into Alec Baldwin shooting probing reports of on-set ‘target practice’

Assistant director and armourer focus of investigation, but no one cleared says Sheriff

15:44 , Oliver O'Connell

Speaking on NBC’s Today show, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza confirmed that the assistant director and armourer are the focus of the investigation, but three people held the gun before the incident, so no one has been cleared.

Shooting leads to calls for computer-generated gunshots in movies

16:33 , Oliver O'Connell

Digital effects have helped Sandra Bullock hurtle through space, a sports car hurtle between skyscrapers and even Robert De Niro hurtle back to the age of 30.

But can it make a character fire a gun?

The question of whether digital effects could substitute for a gun firing on a TV or film set has been circulating in political and entertainment realms since the Alec Baldwin incident on Rust, in which the actor unknowingly discharged a live weapon that was handed to him, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Several creators vowed to stop using use live weapons on set, 60,000 people signed a petition supporting such a move and a California state senator said he would introduce a bill to ban the firearms.

Steven Zeitchik reports.

Alec Baldwin shooting has some people calling for computer-generated gunshots

ICYMI: Baldwin shares article saying assistant director should have checked weapon

17:02 , Oliver O'Connell

Alec Baldwin on Wednesday retweeted an article on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust that claimed an assistant director told investigators he should have inspected the gun he handed to the actor more closely.

A New York Times article cited an affidavit that said Dave Halls, an assistant director on the film, told a detective that he should have inspected each round in each chamber of a gun he had handed to Mr Baldwin.

He had declared the gun to be “cold,” referring to an industry term that means that the weapon is not loaded with ammunition.

Earlier the 63-year-old actor had retweeted a Variety article, citing the affidavit, that said he was told the gun he was handed was safe.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports.

Alec Baldwin shares article saying assistant director should have checked weapon

What are the rules about guns on movie sets?

17:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The incident has triggered widespread debate on the use of firearms on film sets, and whether they should be permanently replaced with rubber and airsoft guns instead.

The use of guns on set is strictly controlled, with a prop master or a licensed armourer responsible for handling all weapons, including loading blanks. Productions are also often required to install shields, made from materials such as perspex, to protect cast and crew.

What happened in Alec Baldwin shooting incident that left film crew member dead?

Key questions remain unanswered about incident

18:29 , Oliver O'Connell

Nearly a week after the fatal shooting on the set of the film Rust, several key questions remain unanswered, including who loaded Alec Baldwin’s gun, who could face charges over the incident, and what changes it could prompt in the movie industry.

Megan Sheets reports.

Key questions about Alec Baldwin shooting that remain unanswered

Lawmaker calls for ban on 'live’ guns on movie sets

19:00 , Oliver O'Connell

A California lawmaker says he will propose a “live” gun ban on movie sets after the fatal shooting on the set of Rust.

David Cortese, a Democratic state senator for Silicon Valley, announced his plan two days after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his forthcoming film Rust, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

California senator to propose ‘live’ gun ban on film sets after Alec Baldwin shooting

Who brought live rounds to set is investigation focus, says sheriff

19:50 , Oliver O'Connell

The investigation into the fatal shooting incident on the set of Alec Baldwin’s latest movie project is focused on who brought live ammunition to the location, according to the local sheriff.

In an appearance on NBC’S Today show, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said that one of the principal lines of inquiry was how and why the live rounds came to be on the set.

It is believed that the production of the upcoming movie Rust did not require the use of real ammunition.

“I think during the interviews, the focus of the investigation is how the live rounds got there, who brought them there and why they were there,” said Sheriff Mendoza.

“As far as if it’s going to rise to the point of negligence or the point of criminal charges, we’re hoping to work with the district attorney in reference to that so it’s a clear determination if charges should be filed,” he added.

‘There should never be a thought that there’s a live round in there'

20:43 , Oliver O'Connell

Weapons armorer Bryan W Carpenter told Fox News that when using reproduction period guns from the Western era, no modification is required to fire blanks.

“The guns from the 1800s are all mechanically operated. Meaning you have to do something each time to make the cylinder rotate and the gun fire. In the case of Alec Baldwin’s gun that he used on this set… you would have to physically cock the hammer back with your thumb each time you wanted it to fire and then pull the trigger. Then cock the hammer back and then pull the trigger each time. It’s done manually.”

He added:

“Now they said that one of those guns on the table that they recovered may have been the same gun modified. My best guess is they just had one that was a true replica, like a prop gun, one made out of metal, and one made out of all plastic.”

Mr Carpenter said there was “some complacency” on set regarding how weapons were handled and he was stunned at reports that live rounds were mixed with dummies and blanks.

He added that firearms on set need to be locked away and watched at all times and no one is allowed to touch them for any reason other than when they are used in filming.

Mr Carpenter stressed the importance of safety checks:

“There should never be a thought that there’s a live round in there. When you’re checking for blank rounds, you’re always looking for the possibility of anything else being there. You lock the weapons in the safe when they’re not in use and they must stay there. Those guns cannot be used for anything else. Everything is separated. Every time that lock is open, you check and check again. And at a minimum, two people should be present to verify that the weapon is in the condition that you say it is.”

How and why was there live ammunition on set?

21:25 , Oliver O'Connell

The investigation into the fatal shooting incident on the set of Alec Baldwin’s latest movie project is focused on who brought live ammunition to the location, according to the local sheriff.

In an appearance on NBC’S Today show, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said that one of the principal lines of inquiry was how and why the live rounds came to be on the set.

Who brought live rounds to Alec Baldwin movie set is focus of shooting, says sheriff

Voices: Trump Jr and others have forgotten Alec Baldwin’s basic humanity

22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Opinion: Trump Jr and others have forgotten Alec Baldwin’s basic humanity

Ireland Baldwin defends father against ‘abhorrent’ comments

22:42 , Nathan Place

Ireland Baldwin has continued to defend her father, Alec Baldwin, following the fatal Rust shooting that led to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death.

On Wednesday, the 26-year-old model posted a screenshot of a positive comment about the 30 Rock actor on her Instagram.

“Amongst some of the most abhorrent and threatening comments, emails, text messages, and voicemails I’ve been getting... this beautiful comment stands alone,” Ms Baldwin wrote. “I know my dad, you simply don’t. I love you, Dad.”

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Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland defends father against ‘abhorrent comments’

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