NM prosecutor on movie set shooting fatality: Alec Baldwin may not have pulled trigger

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The New Mexico prosecutor investigating the shot fired from the gun in the hands of Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust” last year may have been swayed by the actor’s December interview with ABC where he claimed that he “didn’t pull the trigger.”

“You can pull the hammer back without actually pulling the trigger and without actually locking it,” Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies told Vanity Fair. “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.”

After seeing Baldwin’s interview on ABC the prosecutor set out to unofficially investigate if it was possible for the gun to go off without pulling the trigger as Baldwin had asserted happened although initially, she wasn’t convinced the story had legs.

“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,’ ”Carmack-Altwies said.

And Baldwin seems convinced that gun he was holding was solely responsible for launching the bullet that killed 42-year-old “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding 48-year-old director Joel Souza last October.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” Baldwin told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

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Despite the prosecutor’s investigation, most people on social media are still not buying Baldwin’s story as they understand that he broke the first rule of gun safety which is to never point a gun at anything you aren’t willing to destroy.

Baldwin responded to the wrongful-death suit filed against him on Tuesday by Halyna Hutchins’ family with a social media post of a colorfully light art piece that read, “Everything is going to be alright,” perhaps indicating that he is hoping for leniency as was granted the police officer that accidentally shot Daunte Wright in 2020 at her sentencing hearing last week.



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“[Officer Kimberly Potter] never intended to hurt anyone,” Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu explained with tears in her eyes as she handed down the penalty. “Her conduct cries out for a sentence significantly below the guidelines.”

Chu outlined four reasons for a prison sentence including “retribution, incapacitation, deterrence and rehabilitation” and that Potter, whose otherwise spotless 26-year career, showed she only needed to pay retribution for the incident.

“In this case, a young man was killed because Officer Potter was reckless,” the judge said. “There rightfully should be some accountability.”


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