In addition, the investigators asked the court to seize all weapons, clothing, electronic devices, as well as to make a three-dimensional scan of the scene where the incident occurred.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department (New Mexico) intends to find recordings from cameras used on the set of the western “Rust,” where cameraman Halyna Hutchins died from an accidental shot and director Joel Souza was injured. This is evidenced by the documents sent by the representative of the sheriff’s office, Jose Rios.
“Additional evidence on the use of weapons from props may be in the recordings made during the filming of the film. Additional study of the footage taken at the scene is necessary,” the justification for the search warrant, which was carried out on Sunday, says.
In addition, the investigators requested the court to seize all weapons, clothing, electronic devices, as well as to make a three-dimensional scan of the scene where the incident occurred.
According to the testimony of assistant Hutchins, at the time of the shooting, the actors were rehearsing one of the scenes, so the shooting was not conducted. Nevertheless, the sheriff’s office found that there were several pieces of shooting equipment at the scene and recordings useful for the investigation could remain in the memory of the cameras.
Souza, who was wounded in the incident, told the investigation that at the time of the shooting, actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing pointing a weapon directly at the lens, the director and Hutchins were sitting behind the camera and choosing the best angle for filming this episode. After the actor was “caught in the frame,” it turned out that an unwanted shadow also gets into the lens, so the position of the recording equipment had to be changed somewhat.
Souza added that Alec Baldwin, who fired the fatal shot, had been extremely careful with the weapon until that day, double-checking that it was safe and that there were no children nearby. The shooting director did not clearly remember the moment of the shot; only a loud bang, blood on his clothes, and Hutchins falling to the floor remained in his memory.