New Mexico DA Says ‘Rust’ Shooting Could Result in Criminal Charges

The shooting on the set of “Rust” that left one dead and one injured could result in criminal charges, according to a New Mexico district attorney. 

Mary Carmack-Altwies of the state’s first district said that authorities “haven’t ruled out anything” when it comes to the future of the case, per Fox News. 

As previously reported by Human Events News, last week, Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of a Western film he was making in New Mexico, leaving the film’s director of photography dead and the director injured. 

The cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, was killed and the director, Joel Souza, was injured on set.

“We’re trying to determine right now how and what type of projectile was used in the firearm,” Juan Rios, spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, said. 

He said the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed. 

“Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table,” Carmack-Altwies said. 

It remains unclear what was loaded into the gun at the time of the shooting. Authorities are focusing on ballistics to determine that information. 

“There were an enormous amount of bullets on this set, and we need to find out what kinds they were,” she explained. “It was a legit gun. It was an antique, era-appropriate gun.” 

“It’s probably weeks, if not months, of follow-up investigation that we’re going to need to get to the point of charging,” she continued.