An assistant director on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico claimed that a gun handed over to actor Alec Baldwin on Thursday was unloaded, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa court Fe, according to reports.
“Cold gun,” assistant director Dave Halls announced at the time, using the lingo for an unloaded gun, before a rehearsal for the film, The Associated Press reported.
Shortly after, according to court documents, Baldwin pulled the trigger on the gun, fatally injuring cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza.
The weapon Baldwin used was one of three guns that had been placed on a cart by Hannah Gutierrez, who has been identified as the film’s gunsmith, the Associated Press reported.
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Halls was unaware that live ammunition was inside the gun he seized and handed to Baldwin, a detective wrote in a request for a search warrant, the AP reported.
How live ammunition ended up inside a gun intended for a film shoot has remained a mystery.
No charges have been filed in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation, according to the Santa Fe Reporter.
“Investigators are trying to determine what type of projectile was in the gun,” the sheriff’s office told Fox News in a statement.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office obtained the search warrant on Friday as part of efforts to investigate the shooting.
Rust Movie Productions, the company behind the film, is also conducting its own review of what happened, officials said on Friday. The company’s statement came amid reports that some crew members were not happy with the level of gun safety on set. Fox News has not independently confirmed the veracity of the complaints.
Investigating Magistrate John Rysanek issued the search warrant, with which investigators sought to examine a bloody shirt worn by Baldwin, all firearms and ammunition present at the scene, as well as any relevant video evidence that may have be registered, the Washington Post reported.
The number of shots fired during the incident was not clear, the AP reported. Gutierrez handed over the gun used by Baldwin to police officers who responded after arriving at the scene, according to the report.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Juan Rios said Baldwin was not immediately facing charges in the case and was free to travel.
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“He’s a free man,” Rios told the AP.
Thursday’s incident occurred despite improvements to gun safety on film sets since the 1993 gun death of actor Brandon Lee, son of the arts movie star Bruce Lee martial arts.
After Thursday’s incident, production was halted on “Rust,” in which Baldwin’s character was scheduled to run away with his grandson after the grandson was sentenced to hang for the accidental murder of a breeder.
Fox News’ Nate Day and The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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