Alec Baldwin's accidental shooting during a shoot: how will the investigation unfold?

the essential The American authorities opened an investigation this Thursday, when the American actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed the director of photography and injured the director of the film he was shooting in the US state of New Mexico. No legal action has been taken against the actor. La Dépêche du Midi takes stock.

The drama took place in Santa Fe (New Mexico): this Thursday 21 October, American actor Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer of the western that was being filmed. The sixty-year-old also seriously injured Joel Souza, the director of Rust , the film which was being shot.

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The American authorities opened an investigation this Thursday to determine the circumstances of what the production of the film qualifies “of accident”, in the press releases which were diffused.

A weapon at the heart of the investigations

The facts took place this Thursday around 13 h 50, in the bays of Bonanza Creek ranch, south of Santa Fe. The crew was then shooting a scene. “Alec Baldwin unloaded a gun used in the film,” Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

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The gun was used as a “prop,” in the words of Juan Rios, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, in the columns of the Albuquerque Journal, a New Mexico newspaper. The weapon used should normally be blank loaded.

“No prosecution initiated”

The investigations will therefore focus on of that gun. For the authorities, it will be a question, among other things, of knowing how many bullets were fired, which bullets were used and why the accessory was not loaded blank.

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Regarding Alec Baldwin, no prosecution has been initiated by the authorities. The actor was photographed shortly after the incident shaken by the events.

BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer -director. How on earth could this have happened?

Pics: Jim Weber @thenewmexican pic.twitter.com/xrvcheLaCK

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 22, 2021

According to the spokesperson for the Santa Fe sheriff, the 60-year-old “was questioned by police officers He provided statements and answered some questions. He introduced himself voluntarily and left the building after the interrogations were finished. “No prosecution has been initiated and no arrests have been made. The film crew is currently” being questioned by investigators. ” .

In 1993, a similar drama that hit the film crew The Crow: actor Brandon Lee was killed after being shot in the abdomen. Actor Michael Massee fired a revolver that was to be blank loaded. The actor was exonerated: justice had concluded to “negligence”.

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