Authorities Determine Alec Baldwin Pulled Trigger On ‘Rust’ Shooting

Baldwin continues to deny his culpability.

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 3: Alec Baldwin is seen on April 3, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

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If there was previously any doubt, it’s all but officially gone.

The trigger was indeed pulled on the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. She was working on the set of the movie Rust last year. Actor Alec Baldwin was the man holding the gun in the accidental shooting death. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting.

An FBI forensic report, obtained by ABC News, stated the gun could not have been fired without the trigger pull. More specifically, the reported stated the .45 Colt revolver “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional,” per ABC.

This latest news disputes Baldwin’s message in media appearances.

“The trigger wasn’t pulled,” he told ABC News in December. “I didn’t pull the trigger.”

Baldwin’s team makes a statement:

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, responded to the FBI report in a statement, indicating that it had been misintrepreted.

‘The critical report is the one from the medical examiner,” the statement read. “Who concluded that this was a tragic accident.”

“This is the third time authorities have found Alec Baldwin had no authority or knowledge of the allegedly unsafe conditions. He was told by the person in charge of safety on the set that the gun was ‘cold;’ and believed the gun was safe.

“The FBI report is being misconstrued. The gun fired in testing only one time — without having to pull the trigger. When the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places. The FBI was unable to fire the gun in any prior test. Even when pulling the trigger, because it was in such poor condition.”

What about the actual, literal victim?

Other see it differently, including attorney Jason Bowles. Bowles represents Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of all the weapons on the set of Rust.

“These new filings demonstrate various production members’ attempts from the very beginning to shirk responsibility and scapegoat Hannah, a 24-year-old armorer, for this tragedy,” Bowles said in a statement to ABC News.

“Hannah was tasked with doing two jobs including props assistant and the very important job as armorer but not given adequate time and training days to do so despite repeated requests or the respect required of the armorer’s position and responsibilities.”

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office is heading the investigation. It received the FBI report several weeks ago, ABC News reported. The shooting is considered accidental by authorities.

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  1. I’m sure it was a horrible accident. I’d be more interested in how the bullet was in there? Was it lodged in there and maybe loosened up with picking it up and handling it? 🤷‍♀️

  2. Baldwin pointed the gun and he pulled the trigger. Guns don’t fire on their own Mr Baldwin. If you weren’t strutting around the set like an idiot you might have heard someone say that, but no, you were busy being the big man. I have forgotten more about firearms than you will ever know Baldwin. You killed that young woman with your ignorance, no different than if you had intent. You sir should be hung until dead.

  3. This was not Alec Baldwin’s first movie set using a gun! He should do jail time! But he will not because he’s entitled Hollywood actor!

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