Criminal charges “on the table” in Baldwin shooting, prosecutor says

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The weapon Baldwin used was one of three that a gun specialist, or “gunsmith,” had placed on a cart outside the building where a scene was rehearsing, records show court.

Director Joel Souza, who stood behind Hutchins and was injured, told investigators there should never be live bullets present near the scene.

Authorities seized three black revolvers, gun belts with holsters, boxes of ammunition, a fanny pack with ammunition, several worn casings and clothing, and swabs of what was believed to be blood.

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The production of “Rust” has been beset by labor disputes since the beginning of October. Hours before filming, several members of the film crew left the set amid disagreement over working conditions, including safety procedures.

Baldwin in his role as an actor seemed unlikely to be held criminally or civilly responsible for the tragedy. As a producer, however, he’s one of a long list of film associates who might face some sort of liability.

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Concerns have been expressed about Halls’ safety record by colleagues on two previous productions. Halls did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.

Rust Movie Productions, the production company, said it is cooperating with Santa Fe authorities in their investigation and carrying out its own internal review of the proceedings with the production shutdown.

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