Alec Baldwin made headlines after he accidently discharged a gun on “Rust” set which killed cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. However, according to new reports, Alec may have fired the shot that killed Halyna without pulling the gun’s trigger.
Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Vanity Fair, she had watched Alec Baldwin’s exclusive interview with ABC in December and was drawn to the actor’s claim that he did not pull the trigger. She added, “You can pull the hammer back without actually pulling the trigger and without actually locking it,”
Carmack-Altwies further explained her comment, “So you pull it back partway, it doesn’t lock, and then if you let it go, the firing pin can hit the primer of the bullet.” Baldwin had insisted in his interview that the trigger was never pulled.
“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,”
Carmack-Altwies launched an unofficial investigation of her own to test Baldwin’s claims. She told Vanity Fair, “I didn’t know too much about guns, certainly not about 1850s-era revolvers. So when I first heard that, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s crazy,’ ”
The DA requested that one of her investigators bring his old-style revolver to her office to test if a mechanical malfunction could have caused the gun to go off. They cleared a room, and she had two investigators inspect the gun to confirm it was not loaded.
Carmack-Altwies test revealed that the hammer could have caused the live round to fire, however official results from an FBI analysis of the weapon are still pending. While Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger, a lawsuit filed by a “Rust” script supervisor in November alleges that he “intentionally” fired the gun at Hutchins.
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