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Alec Baldwin 'Rust' shooting: Too early to comment on charges, investigators say

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza shared his investigators’ initial findings Wednesday in the fatal movie-set shooting in which Alec Baldwin fired a gun used on set, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director.

At a press conference, Mendoza told reporters “it is too early right now in the investigation to comment on charges” and that his department is working with the FBI to process evidence.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said that she will not comment on potential charges that Baldwin could face. However, she noted that criminal charges are on the table.

“The answer is we cannot answer that question yet until we complete a more thorough investigation,” she said. Both noted that the actor has been cooperating with authorities.  A rep for Baldwin did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

Baldwin shot and killed Hutchins on Thursday after he was handed, what he believed to be, a “cold gun” by assistant director Dave Halls. The assistant director had indicated to the actor that the gun was unloaded, according to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office and obtained by Fox News.

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The incident also injured director Joel Souza. He was hospitalized at the time but later released.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza speaks to reporters about investigators' initial findings Wednesday in the fatal movie-set shooting in which Alec Baldwin fired a gun used on set, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza speaks to reporters about investigators’ initial findings Wednesday in the fatal movie-set shooting in which Alec Baldwin fired a gun used on set, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director.
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An inventory report obtained by Fox News on Tuesday revealed that authorities collected three revolvers, a fanny pack with “ammo,” “loose ammo,” nine “spent casing(s)” and 14 swabs of “suspected blood” from the movie set among other items while executing the warrant.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News that nobody involved in the incident was asked to stay in town amid the investigation.

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Both Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin have released statements regarding the death of Hutchins. The actor has reportedly been leaning on his wife and kids while he deals with the aftermath of the shooting incident.

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“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin said Friday morning on Twitter. 

“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” the actor concluded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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