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World Criminal charges against Alec Baldwin not ruled out: prosecutor

22:10  27 october  2021
22:10  27 october  2021 Source:   afp.com

Who are Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin's kids?

  Who are Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin's kids? Just last March, Alec Baldwin joked he was done having children. "When my kids graduate school, I'll be 85," the actor told People magazine at the time. "As my friends say, when your kids are climbing out the window and they're going to do really, really bad things when they get older, when they're in their late teen years, you'll be deaf anyway so you won't have to hear it." Fast-forward one year and he and wife Hilaria Baldwin, 37, have added not one but two babies to their brood — son Eduardo was born in September 2020 and their sixth child was born in secret recently.

Prosecutors refused Wednesday to rule out criminal charges against Alec Baldwin for a deadly shooting, as police pointed to "complacency" on the US movie set.

US actor Alec Baldwin has said he is cooperating with police after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in an on-set tragedy © Angela Weiss US actor Alec Baldwin has said he is cooperating with police after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in an on-set tragedy

Baldwin killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when his gun went off as they were rehearsing a scene in the 19th-century western "Rust".

Director Joel Souza was also hurt.

"All options are on the table," Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told a press conference when asked about the possibility Baldwin could be charged.

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  Rust director Joel Souza 'gutted' by Halyna Hutchins' death: 'She pushed me to be better' Rust director Joel Souza says he is "gutted" by the loss of his colleague Halyna Hutchins, who was killed when a prop gun was fired on the film's set by Alec Baldwin. Souza, 48, was injured in Thursday's shooting and has been released from hospital, and has spoken for the first time about the incident in a statement shared with Deadline. "I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch, and always pushed me to be better," Souza said.

"No one has been ruled out at this point."

An investigation into last Thursday's fatal shooting has recovered 500 rounds of ammunition from the set in New Mexico, Sheriff Adan Mendoza told reporters, adding that detectives believe they were a mix of blanks, dummies and live rounds.

Santa Fe county sheriff Adan Mendoza, with district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies (R), speaks to press on October 27, 2021, about the criminal probe into the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie © Nick Layman Santa Fe county sheriff Adan Mendoza, with district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies (R), speaks to press on October 27, 2021, about the criminal probe into the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie "Rust," in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Entertainment trade website The Wrap reported this week that crew members had been using prop weapons just hours before Hutchins was killed, shooting live rounds at tin cans for target practice.

Stars in disbelief over Alec Baldwin fatal prop gun shooting: 'Mismanaged set'

  Stars in disbelief over Alec Baldwin fatal prop gun shooting: 'Mismanaged set' As questions linger about safety protocols on the “Rust” movie set where Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer with a prop gun he’d been told was safe, Hollywood professionals familiar with safety measures and handling weapons on sets are left baffled. Jeffrey Wright, who has worked on projects including the James Bond franchise and the upcoming movie "The Batman," was acting with a weapon on the set of "Westworld" when news broke of the shooting Thursday at a New Mexico ranch. "We were all pretty shocked. And it informed what we did from that moment on," he said in an interview Sunday at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

"We're going to determine how those (live rounds) got there, why they were there, because they shouldn't have been there," Mendoza said.

"I think there was some complacency on this set," he added.

Mendoza said the film's armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and its assistant director Dave Halls had been interviewed.

Halls handed Baldwin the weapon that killed Hutchins, using the phrase "cold gun" -- industry lingo for an inert firearm.

As the armorer, Gutierrez-Reed, 24, would have been responsible for supplying and keeping weapons safe on set, ensuring that they are accounted for at all times, and locked away when not in use.

She told detectives that on the day of the incident guns were secured while the crew ate lunch, but that ammunition was not, according to an affidavit submitted to a court Wednesday.

Halls said when Gutierrez-Reed showed him the gun as it was brought on set for rehearsal, he remembers seeing three "dummy" rounds.

"He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn't, and couldn't recall if she spun the drum" to show him the chamber, the affidavit says.

Mendoza told reporters more questions were being asked of the people who "inspected or handled the firearm ... before it got to Mr. Baldwin."

"We're going to try to determine exactly how that happened and if they should have known that there was a live round in that firearm."

It emerged this week that Halls had been sacked from a previous production because of gun safety violations.

Carmack-Altwies said context such as this might affect any eventual decision to press charges in the "Rust" shooting.

"It obviously could play into whether charges get filed or not," she said.

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Checking Alec Baldwin's gun was not the assistant director's responsibility, lawyer says .
A lawyer representing David Halls, an assistant director on the set of the film Rust, said it was not Halls' responsibility to confirm whether the gun handed to Alec Baldwin was loaded, despite Halls previously acknowledging to investigators that he should have checked all the rounds before declaring the firearm safe. "He's not responsible for checking it," lawyer Lisa Torraco said in an interview on Fox News on Monday. "That's not the assistant"He's not responsible for checking it," lawyer Lisa Torraco said in an interview on Fox News on Monday.

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