Alec Baldwin 'Rust' shooting: 'Too early' to comment on charges, investigators say


Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza shared his investigators' initial findings Wednesday in the fatal movie-set shooting in which Alec Baldwin fired a gun used on set, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mendoza told reporters "it is too early right now in the investigation to comment on charges" and that his department is working with the FBI to process evidence.

District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said that she will not comment on potential charges that Baldwin could face. However, she noted that criminal charges are on the table.

"The answer is, we cannot answer that question yet until we complete a more thorough investigation," she said.

Both noted that the actor has been cooperating with authorities. A rep for Baldwin did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment.

Baldwin shot and killed Hutchins on Thursday after he was handed what he believed to be a "cold gun" by assistant director Dave Halls. The assistant director had indicated to the actor that the gun was unloaded, according to a search warrant executed by the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office and obtained by Fox News. Sheriff Mendoza reiterated those events at the top of the press conference.


The incident also injured director Joel Souza. He was hospitalized at the time but later released. Sheriff Mendoza noted that they believe the actual bullet that killed Hutchins was retrieved by doctors from inside Souza's shoulder after he was taken to the hospital. It is now with investigators who will be sending it and a myriad of other evidence to the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Va., he revealed on Wednesday.

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