Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting ‘is a very complicated case’, police say: ‘It’s a puzzle’

Investigators stressed how complicated the investigation of the “Rust” footage is actually during a press conference on Wednesday.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies revealed that there is no precedent for this type of case in her district.

“It’s a very complex case,” she told reporters.

Three people all handled the gun that Alec Baldwin later fired and shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead, according to a third search warrant conducted by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department.

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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza talks to reporters about investigators' first findings Wednesday in the fatal filming, in which Alec Baldwin fired a gun used on the set, killed a film photographer and wounded the director.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza talks to reporters about investigators’ first findings Wednesday in the fatal filming, in which Alec Baldwin fired a gun used on the set, killed a film photographer and wounded the director.
(Lauryn Overhultz for Fox News)

“The reality is that it’s very complicated, from an evidentiary and forensic point of view, it’s a very complicated case,” Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Juan Rios told Fox News after the conference. “It really is. It would be complicated for any agency.”

“The number of witnesses, the amount of people involved, the fact that someone lost their life, someone was injured” all make this case complicated, according to Rios.

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The complication of the case only gets worse when one tries to gather all the evidence, Rios explained.

“It’s a puzzle,” he added. “Nothing is clear at this time.”

Authorities in New Mexico said Wednesday they have found a lead projectile believed to have been fired from the gun used for the fatal filming.

Authorities in New Mexico said Wednesday they have found a lead projectile believed to have been fired from the gun used for the fatal filming.
(AP Photo / Andres Leighton)

During the press conference, Santa Fe Sheriff Adan Mendoza said it was “too early” to say whether charges will be filed in this case.

Baldwin by accident shot and killed Hutchins last week, after being handed what he thought was a “cold gun” by assistant director Dave Halls. According to the Associated Press, Halls was unaware that there were live rounds inside the firearm, according to an application for a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mendoza reiterated these events at the top of the press conference.

Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot and killed after Alec Baldwin fired a gun, which he was told was 'cold' on the set of his upcoming film 'Rust'.

Film photographer Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot and killed after Alec Baldwin fired a gun, which he was told was ‘cold’ on the set of his upcoming film ‘Rust’.
(Photo by Mat Hayward / Getty Images for AMC Networks)

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An inventory report obtained by Fox News on Tuesday revealed that authorities collected three revolvers, a fanny pack with “ammunition”, “loose ammunition”, nine “used holsters” and 14 cotton swabs of “suspected blood” from the film, which takes place among other items during enforcement of the warrant.

Sheriff Mendoza explained that 500 cartridges of ammunition were taken from the site. These rounds included dummies, blanks and live rounds, according to the sheriff.

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