SANTA FÉ, N.M.- Investigators stressed how difficult the investigation into the “Rust movie set shooting” was during Wednesday’s press conference.
District attorney Mary Carmack–Altwies said that there’s no precedent in this case for her area.
” “It’s a complex case,” she said to reporters.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Menedoza talks to journalists about Wednesday’s initial findings of investigators in relation to the tragic movie-set shooting where Alec Baldwin shot a gun on the set that killed a cinematographer, and wounded the director.
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“The reality is, it’s very complicated, from an evidentiary standpoint and a forensics standpoint, it is a very complicated case,” Santa Fe County Sheriff’s public information officer Juan Rios told Fox News after the conference. It really is. Any agency would find it difficult. “
” The complexity of this case is due to the number of witnesses and the injuries suffered by the victims.
The complication of the case is only compounded when trying to piece together all of the evidence, Rios explained.
“It is a puzzle.” he said. There is no clear cut answer at the moment. “
New Mexico officials announced Wednesday that they had recovered the lead projectile thought to be fired from the gun involved in the movie-set shooting.
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During the press conference, Santa Fe sheriff Adan Mendoza said it’s “too early” to tell if criminal charges will be brought in this case.
Baldwin accidentally shot and killed Hutchins last week after he was handed what he believed to be a “cold gun” by assistant director Dave Halls. Per the Associated Press, Halls was unaware live rounds were inside the firearm, according to an application for a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. These events were reiterated by Sheriff Mendoza at the summit of the press conference.
Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer was shot to death by Alec Baldwin after he fired a gun that was said was cold on set for his movie “Rust.”
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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.
Sheriff Mendoza explained that 500 rounds of ammunition were taken from the scene. According to Mendoza, those rounds consisted of dummies and blanks as well as live ammunition.