Actor Alec Baldwin may be facing new charges in connection with the accidental shooting that occurred on the set of a movie in 2021. A recent report suggests that the gun used in the shooting may have been pulled or depressed, leading to the firing of the weapon. The report examined the revolver used on set and the markings it left on a cartridge, concluding that the gun’s firing was caused by manually retracting the hammer and then pulling or depressing the trigger.
Despite Baldwin’s repeated denials of pulling the trigger, the report indicates that the trigger had to be pulled or depressed for the hammer to be released. This raises questions about Baldwin’s involvement in the incident and whether he may face new charges. While a formal announcement on filing charges against Baldwin is pending, no timeline has been given for when the announcement will be made.
Earlier this year, two counts of involuntary manslaughter against Baldwin were dropped in connection with the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin was holding the prop gun when it went off, killing Hutchins and injuring the film’s director. The weapons supervisor of the film, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and evidence tampering. Prosecutors allege that Reed acted recklessly by improperly loading the gun and not properly checking all the rounds. Her trial is scheduled for December.
It remains to be seen how these new findings will impact the case and whether Baldwin will face additional charges. However, this latest report raises further doubts about his innocence in the tragic incident. The safety protocols on set and the actions of those involved will likely be closely scrutinized, as the legal proceedings continue.