During a damning press conference, authorities revealed that the gun actor Alec Baldwin used to fatally shoot Halyna Hutchins and wound Joel Souza did indeed contain real ammunition, and they did not “rule out” potential criminal charges against the celebrated actor.

The Santa Fe County sheriff said the gun discharged by Baldwin during a fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” fired a “suspected live round.” 

“The facts are clear: a weapon was handed to Mr. Baldwin. The weapon is functional and fired a live round, killing Ms. Hutchins and injuring Mr. Souza,” Sheriff Adan Mendoza said at a joint news conference between the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s Office and district attorney’s office.

Cinematographer Hutchins died, and director Souza was injured at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe when Baldwin fired the FD Pietta Long Colt .45 revolver he had been handed while rehearsing a scene.

The sheriff said it was too early in the investigation to say if charges will be filed, but if investigators determine a crime was committed, “an arrest or arrests will be made.” 

“[Baldwin is] obviously the person that fired the weapon, so we are going to continue interviewing and getting the facts of his statements and the evidence… he is an active part of this investigation,” Mendoza said.

Approximately 500 rounds of ammunition — a combination of blanks, dummy, and live rounds — have been seized from the set in New Mexico, Mendoza said. He said they believe the lead projectile that was fired from the gun was recovered from Souza’s shoulder.

When pressed on whether Baldwin could potentially face charges, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said, “no one has been ruled out at this point.”

“All options are on the table,” Carmack-Altwies said. 

“We cannot answer that question yet until we complete a more thorough investigation.” 

She added investigators could not yet say whether the shooting was caused by negligence or by whom, but the three people who handled the gun – including Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director David Halls – are all cooperating, Mendoza said. 

A total of three guns were seized from the proximity of the incident, Mendoza added. In addition to the one believed to have been fired by Baldwin, one was altered and not functioning, and the other was plastic.

The evidence will be submitted to the FBI for further processing, he said.

Those who were in close proximity to the shooting have been interviewed, and authorities are looking to also continue to interview the more than 100 people who were also present in different parts of the set.

Mendoza refused to speculate on how the live rounds wound up on set after the armorer told investigators “no live ammo is ever kept on set,” and the director told police, “there should never be live rounds whatsoever, near or around the scene.” 

“We suspect that there were other live rounds, but that’s up to the testing. But right now, we’re going to determine how those got there, why they were there because they shouldn’t have been,” Mendoza said.

30 thoughts on “Police Confirm Real Bullets Inside Gun Fired By Alec Baldwin”
  1. Criminal Charges need to be filed against Baldwin, he killed one Person injured a other and violated the first rule of gun safety period.
    He needs to be held responsibly for his action – celebrated Actor or not, the law is for everyone no exception…!

  2. I’m Sorry…you can’t fix stupid! Answer just one question, and you’ll really understand what really happened. How many DEATHS on a John Wayne movie set using GUNS, were due to a fire arm that had real bullets in the gun? Now the Answer…NONE. That’s because real professionals were making sure this would never happen. But with Alec Baldwin, NONE were present to do the job needing to be DONE!

  3. .45 Long is a rifle length round if that was indeed present. They are as rare as hen’s teeth in the open market, sought by collectors principally rather than shooters. Beside the fact that there should have never been a live round any sort anyway near a movie set (if there were problem snakes or varmints, outside professionals ought be the ones to handle that), the list of problems with the persons involved go way beyond the mental defect Alec Baldwin. God works in mysterious ways ….. .

  4. In regard to the question above asking “Who Needs White People”, I have to wonder just what was meant by that statement and what the question was supposed to mean to those who heard it! It’s definitely not a suitable subject for a group of people to be spoken to in such a manner and could certainly lead to a problematic situation!

  5. Hmmm, let’s think about this a minute, a liberal city and a liberal actor with big money plus with an elitists attitude who can buy his way out of trouble, after all tythe Democrats now can do no wrong. Very depressing.

  6. Suspected crime? Rule#1 of ANY FIREARM safety is! TREAT EVERY GUN AS IT IS LOADED! PERIOD, no discussion, nothing. He POINTED a GUN at people that weren’t even acting, or shooting at the time. Not to mention Baldwin s the person REPSONSIBLE to make SURE the GUN is NOT loaded…HIS RESPONSIBITLY! He should be facing a minimum charge of Involuntary Manslaughter…he’ll be allowed to walk free though. He’s a “Celebrity”…and that makes KILLING innocent people…okay! Like OJ, and many others!

  7. The bullet- the projectile – that is usually attached to the open end of a cartridge and protrudes out a short distance. But note this: a projective CAN BE hidden inside the casing of a “blank” cartridge so that anyone loading the prop gun would NOT notice that one round was in deed “hot.” Someone could have easily made up such a single bogus munition in hopes that it would be fired and teach someone a lesson – and earn a little more respect for the crew. There is plausible deniability all around, except for the person who tampered with the bullets. He/she are probably hiding in plain sight. Only other explanation is that the bullet was tampered with back during the manufacturing stage of production and the culprit did not have a clue as to who might succumb to his/her shenanigans.

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