These statements, which were reported by the New York Times, came after new data emerged that the film’s production team had used actor Alec Baldwin’s weapon to fire live bullets at cans on the set hours before the tragic accident.
Legal documents showed that Baldwin pointed the gun at the film’s camera during a rehearsal prior to filming, killing director of photography Haliana Hutchins and wounding director Joel Sousa and seriously injured.
The documents said Baldwin was handed a firearm and was told it did not contain actual lead, raising the suspicion of negligence.
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, prosecutor, Marie Altois, said criminal charges were not ruled out in the incident.
She added that the firearm used in the incident was legal and was not the prop pistol that fired the blanks.
The film’s assistant director, Dave Holz, told the film’s film crew that Baldwin’s handgun was “cool,” a term the filmmakers use to indicate that the stanchion pistol is safe to use and not loaded with live ammunition.
The Public Prosecutor added that a “huge amount of bullets” was found on the filming site, noting that an investigation was needed into the nature of that ammunition.
It was reported that the gun the 63-year-old actor used to accidentally kill Hutchins was used by the film crew to shoot live fire at empty cans just hours before the accident to pass their time.
The training round in the use of firearms and live ammunition was unauthorized.