Alec Baldwin tragedy: Police release videos of first reactions
In the case of the tragic shooting death on the set of the western “Rust”, the police have now published video material of the investigation. Among other things, it shows how Alec Baldwin and the armorer in charge reacted shortly after the accident.
In October, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on the set of the western Rust, shot by a sharp weapon used as a prop. Now the Santa Fe police have released all the files on the ongoing investigation, including numerous photos and videos. The material shows, among other things, the questioning of the responsible weapons master Hannah Gutierrez Reed and the actor Alec Baldwin, who held the deadly weapon in his hand.
“I don’t want to do this anymore, I don’t want to be in public anymore,” Baldwin said, visibly agitated, during a phone call to a police office just about three hours after the accident. “I’m the one holding the gun and everyone should have taken care of that. They always give me a cold gun,” Baldwin also said. The actor has said in the past that he didn’t pull the gun and was told the gun wasn’t loaded. A clip also shows him practicing the scene shortly before the accident, aiming the gun directly at the camera.
Armorer on set: “I screwed up my entire career”
Another video was taken on set shortly after the fatal incident, someone asking him if he’s okay. “No, I’m actually not well,” Baldwin replies. There are also new details for questioning with the responsible armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed. A clip shows her being questioned in a car. “I’m the armorer here, or at least I was,” she says. In another video, she can be heard saying, “I just screwed up my entire career.” She just wanted to get away and never show her face in the industry again. She couldn’t believe Baldwin held the gun.
The investigation into the case is still ongoing, and there are also several lawsuits against Baldwin and the production company, including from the family of the fatally injured camerawoman Hutchins. The western’s production company recently received the maximum fine from the authorities and had to pay $137,000.