Officials recover hundreds of rounds of ammunition from 'Rust' set after Alec Baldwin shooting


New Mexico officials say they've recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition and other possible live rounds on the set of Alec Baldwin's movie, "Rust," following a fatal shooting involving the actor.

"Through the execution of search warrants, we have collected about 600 items of evidence," Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said Wednesday in a news conference. "These include but are not limited to three firearms, approximately 500 rounds of ammunition and several pieces of clothing and accessories."

Authorities said they also recovered the spent shell casing from the bullet believed to have been fired by the gun Baldwin used during the Western movie's filming.

"We suspect that there was other live rounds that were found on this set," Mendoza told reporters. "This investigation is active, so I won't comment on how they got there."

Halyna Hutchins, "Rust's" 42-year-old cinematographer, was killed and director Joel Souza was injured in the shooting last week when Baldwin fired a gun while working on a scene for the film.

Mendoza said the projectile that struck Souza was recovered by medical personnel treating him and is considered to be "the live round that was fired from the revolver" by Baldwin.

The ammunition authorities say they found on the set includes a "mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting [are] live rounds."

The 63-year-old actor, as well as armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and assistant director Dave Halls, have been "cooperative in the investigation," Santa Fe County's sheriff said.

"If the facts, and evidence, and law support charges, then I will initiate prosecution at that time," Santa Fe County district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said.

"All options are on the table at this point," Carmack-Altwies said.

"We're trying to determine the people that inspected or handled the firearm when it was loaded before it got to Mr. Baldwin," Mendoza said. "So there's further investigation, further interviews — we're going to try and determine exactly how that happened and if they should have known that there was a live round in that firearm."

Addressing a question about the safety of using real guns for film and TV productions, Mendoza said, "I think there was some complacency on this set."

"I think there are some safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry, and possibly by the state of New Mexico, but I'll leave that up to the industry and the state to determine what those need to be."

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