New details revealed in ‘Rust’ shooting investigation


A new search warrant filed Wednesday reveals new details in the investigation into the deadly shooting on the “Rust” film set:

  • David Halls, the assistant director who handed Alec Baldwin the prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, admitted that he “should have checked” all of the rounds inside the barrel — and the production’s armorer may have neglected a key safety protocol before the fatal shooting.
  • Halls said he picked up the gun and brought it over to the production’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, to be checked before resuming rehearsal the day of the fatal incident — and he only recalled seeing three rounds in the chamber.
  • Authorities were granted the warrant to search a “prop vehicle,” where firearms were allegedly stored on the production. According to the search warrant, when the crew broke for lunch the day of the shooting, the firearms were secured in the prop truck.

Read the full document, filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, below.

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