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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The lead shell was removed from the director’s shoulder, and investigators believe there were more live rounds on set.

Sheriff Adan Mendoza of Santa Fe County said at a press conference on Wednesday that the lead Alec Baldwin fired a revolver on the set of Rust, killing the film’s cameraman and wounding the director, was found off the director’s shoulder, adding that investigators believe they found more live rounds on set.

According to Sheriff Mendoza, investigators found the Colt revolver from which the shot was fired, as well as about 500 rounds from the set. The ammunition found included blanks, empty cartridges and what the sheriff considers live rounds, which he will send to the FBI forensic laboratory for analysis.

“We have restored what we believe to be possible additional live rounds on set,” he said.

The shooting took place during a rehearsal for a scene in the western “Rust,” where Mr. Baldwin played a criminal. Mr. Baldwin was designing a scene with a weapon he was told had no live ammunition on set when it exploded, killing cinematographer Galina Hutchins and wounding director Joel Sousa.

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“I think there was some complacency on set,” the sheriff said.

The stage was located on a site depicting a 19th century wooden church. According to court documents, Mr. Baldwin was sitting on a wooden church pew and rehearsing a scene in which he “drew a cross” with a revolver and pointed it at the camera. When the pistol fired, Ms. Hutchins was wounded in the chest and Mr. Sousa was wounded in the shoulder.

The detectives said they found three revolvers, used cartridges and ammunition – in boxes, separately, and in a belt bag – while issuing a search warrant on set, according to the inventory. The inventory does not indicate which ammunition was found on the set.

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