It’s easier to see, knowing that the gun will not go off. Not this time. But it will happen later.
Alec Baldwin will sit in the same position, in the same dilapidated church, on the stage of Western drama Rust. He will pull the revolver out of the holster and pull the hammer back. The gun, inexplicably loaded with a live round, will then go off – striking instructor Joel Souza in the shoulder and slammed into the chest of film photographer Halyna Hutchins and killed her not long after.
The fatal moment does not happen in this test. But still, the silent video clip shows that the scene was filmed when the unthinkable happened moments later.
The above footage is material collected by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department last October after the shooting episode that stunned the world and prompted Hollywood to reconsider its handling of firearms. Hours of video, ranging from detective interviews to body cam footage of first responders, were released to the public on Monday, though key evidence – such as a forensic FBI report on the gun and ammunition and an analysis of Baldwin’s cell phone – has yet to be finalized.
No indictment has yet been filed by the Santa Fe District Attorney. Last week, New Mexico’s workplace safety department fined manufacturers the maximum amount for unsafe handling of firearms. (A representative of the producers said they planned to appeal the decision.)
An interview between Baldwin and investigators on Oct. 21 has also been made public by the sheriff’s department on Monday. In it, the actor begins by asking if he is being charged for anything.
He describes the moment the gun fired. He tells them to slowly pull out the weapon as it unexpectedly went off. “I turn and hit the gun – BANG! She hits the ground, ”says Baldwin. “She’s going down. He going down, screaming. He is like, ‘Jesus Christ!’ ”
Baldwin explained that he thought the gun was filled with items that had no snails to fire when fired, just a puff of powder. “And I thought, maybe sometimes the cotton wool can come out if you’re close and you can get a burn,” Baldwin says, referring to other Hollywood accidents that killed actor Jon-Erik Hexum on the set of the TV series . Cover up in 1984 and Brandon Lee on the set of The collar in 1994.