Live Rounds Recovered from “Rust” Set

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office revealed on Wednesday that more live bullets, in addition to the one that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, may have been on the set of “Rust” last week.

Investigators seized approximately 500 rounds of ammunition, including blanks, fake bullets, and perhaps live shots.

According to Sheriff Adan Mendoza, authorities are still interviewing witnesses to figure out how live ammunition got into the set.

Hutchins was shot during a rehearsal of a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular filming location near Santa Fe. Alec Baldwin, the film’s actor and producer, was holding the pistol and demonstrating how he would direct it at the camera when it went off.

According to affidavits in the case, Baldwin was informed he was carrying a “cold gun,” but he had no idea it carried live ammunition.

According to a search warrant return filed on Monday, investigators seized spent gun casings, revolvers, clothes, and swabs with blood on them from the site on Friday.

The union that represents the majority of film employees in New Mexico, IATSE Local 480, released a statement on Tuesday stating it was alarmed by allegations that non-union workers were hired after the camera crew walked off the set. The workers allegedly complained about their working conditions.

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