It’s easier to watch knowing the gun won’t fire. Not this time. But it will happen later.
alec baldwin you’ll be sitting in the same position, in the same dilapidated church, on the set of the western drama Oxide. You will remove the revolver from its holster and remove the firing pin. The gun, inexplicably loaded with a real bullet, will go off: surprising director joel soza in the shoulder and hitting the chest of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, killing her shortly after.
That fatal moment does not happen in this essay. But still, the silent video clip shows that the scene was being filmed when the unthinkable happened moments later.
The images above are footage collected by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department last October after the shooting incident that stunned the world and caused Hollywood to reconsider its handling of firearms. Hours of video, ranging from detective interviews to body camera footage of first responders, were released to the public Monday, though key evidence, such as an FBI forensic report on the gun and ammunition and an analysis of the Baldwin’s cell phone has yet to be revealed. be completed.
The Santa Fe district attorney has not yet filed charges. Last week, the New Mexico Division of Workplace Safety fined growers the maximum amount for unsafe handling of firearms. (A representative for the producers said they planned to appeal the decision.)
The sheriff’s department also released an interview between Baldwin and investigators on Oct. 21 on Monday. In it, the actor begins by asking if he is accused of something.
Describe the moment the gun was fired. He tells them that he slowly drew the gun when it went off unexpectedly. “I turned and cocked the gun—BANG! Hit the ground,” says Baldwin. “She falls. The falls, screaming. It’s like, ‘Jesus Christ!’”
Baldwin explained that he believed the gun was loaded with blanks, which have no bullets to fire when fired, just a blast of powder. “And I thought maybe sometimes the batting can come off, if you’re around, and you can get burned,” says Baldwin, referring to other Hollywood accidents that killed actor Jon-Erik Hexum on the set of the television series. Cover in 1984 and Brandon Lee on the set of The Raven in 1994.