Extensive video footage was released Monday in the ongoing investigation of the fatal “Rust” shooting, shedding light on internal issues that led to actor Alec Baldwin firing a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Western movie.
Data files released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office included a video of investigators debriefing Baldwin within hours of the fatal shooting, talking with him inside a compact office. The investigation files also include rehearsal clips that show Baldwin in costume as he practices a quick-draw maneuver with a gun.
At a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021, Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hutchins when it went off, killing Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. They had been inside a small church during setup for filming a scene.
In a video taken by police later that day, Baldwin makes a few frantic calls as he awaits a meeting with law enforcement officials. “You have no idea how unbelievable this is and how strange this is,” he says over the phone.
“I don’t want to be a public person,” Baldwin says over the phone in that same video footage. “I’m the one holding a gun in my hand that everyone was supposed to have taken care of.”
He also asked investigators: “Am I being charged with something?”