Alec Baldwin’s Pistol Fires Sharp Bullets

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a vintage Colt pistol loaded with live ammunition in a fatal accident last week. The incident occurred on the set of the film “Rust” in New Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies held a briefing six days after the incident, which killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while rehearsing for an inside church scene on set in New Mexico.

“No one has been charged so far,” Carmack-Altwies said. He said the research is not yet complete.

Authorities confiscated a firearm in the shooting, the sheriff said.

The incident shocked all of Hollywood, sparking debate about safety protocols in film and television – including whether certain types of weapons used as props should be banned, and working conditions on low-budget productions.

Baldwin called the incident a “tragic accident” and, like the rest of the cast and crew, cooperated with the police. [ka/jm]

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