Alec Baldwin shooting: criminal charges may be filed

By Amelia Riley

US police say that criminal charges may be filed over the fatal shooting on a film set in New Mexico last week.

On 21st October, Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene in a church pew that involved cross drawing a revolver and pointing it towards the camera lens. When Baldwin fired the gun, he accidentally struck the cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, in the chest and the director, Joel Souza, in the shoulder.

Hutchins was taken to a hospital in Albuquerque where she sadly died, and Souza was taken to a hospital in Santa Fe where he was released the next day.

Investigators say there was “some complacency” around safety on the set.

“All options are on the table,” said District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies. “No one has been ruled out at this point.”

Santa Fe County Sheriff, Adan Mendoza said: “We suspect there were other live rounds found on set.”

“We’re going to determine how those got there, why they were there, because they shouldn’t have been there,”

“I think the facts are clear – a weapon was handed to Mr Baldwin. The weapon [was] functional and fired a live round killing Ms Hutchins and injuring Mr Souza.”

According to the Reuters news agency, Baldwin and the film’s producers have hired a private law firm to investigate the circumstances around the shooting.

However, several legal experts believe that it is unlikely criminal charges will be filed against Baldwin.

Expressing his shock over the shooting, Baldwin described it as a “tragic accident.”

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