It seems that things might be getting worse for Alec Baldwin. After the accidental shooting on the sets of Rust, the district attorney has indicated that he might face criminal charges. At the same time, the investigators are actively trying to find the reason why there were live rounds on the set. So far, the police have collected almost 600 pieces of evidence from the sets. Similarly, the questions are being raised at the safety rules and regulations in Hollywood.
After the incident with Alec Baldwin, many crew members came forward with concerns
At the sets of Rust, Alec Baldwin practiced with a prop gun. However, it contained live rounds which shot the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. Shortly after, she passed away. At the same time, the director, Joel Souza sustained injuries. After the news went viral, many crew members revealed that there were always concerns about safety on the sets. According to reports, at least six crew members had walked out because of safety, payment, and workload concerns. However, the producers hired non-union people and tried to call the cops on the original crew. After the accident, Alec Baldwin released an official statement to express his shock and sorrow.
Recently, the authorities hinted that Baldwin might face criminal charges
Since the accident on Alec Baldwin film took place, investigators have been looking into the matter. Recently, District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies and Sheriff Adan Mendoza updated about the matter. According to them, a lead projectile is removed from Souza’s shoulder and submitted as evidence. At the same time, they admitted that the safety measures were neglected on the sets. While talking about criminal charges against Alec Baldwin, they said:
“All options are on the table. No one has been ruled out at this point.”
Furthermore, the sheriff said:
“I think the facts are clear – a weapon was handed to Mr Baldwin. The weapon [was] functional and fired a live round killing Ms. Hutchins and injuring Mr. Souza.”
What we know more about the incident involving Alec Baldwin?
According to reports, the police found at least 500 rounds of ammunition on the sets of Rust. Before the gun was handed to Alec Baldwin, the film’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls had handled it. At the same time, it was revealed that the gun was not a prop gun. In fact, it is an antique Colt .45 revolver. Although Mr. Halls had informed Alec Baldwin that it was a cold gun, he is now admitting that he did not check the rounds. According to Sheriff Mendoza:
“We’re going to try to determine exactly how [this] happened and if they should have known that there was a live round in that firearm.”
Although the entire incident is an unfortunate one, hopefully, it teaches a lesson to the producers and others to look into the safety measures more seriously.