According to an FBI analysis, Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the New Mexico set of the movie Rust on October 21, 2021.
ABC news reports that the weapon Baldwin said he thought was a "cold gun," a .45 Colt (.45 Long Colt) caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver, "could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, according to an FBI forensic report."
The FBI report shows that the hammer had to have been fully cocked, not in a quarter or half cocked position, and that the gun "could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional."
In a December 2021 interview with George Stephanopolous, Alec Baldwin said he "didn't pull the trigger."
"Well, the trigger wasn't pulled," Baldwin said, "I didn't pull the trigger."
"So you never pulled the trigger?" Stephanopolous asked.
"No, no," Baldwin said. "I would never point a gun and pull that trigger at them. Never."
TMZ called the report a "bombshell" but did note that it hasn't been clarified if the FBI tested on the actual gun from the incident or another model of the same kind.
After the shooting Baldwin issued a statement: "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours."
The movie was filming at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular production location south of Santa Fe. Baldwin was also a producer on the film and previously said he doesn't blame himself for the accident.
"I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who that is, but I know it's not me," Baldwin previously said. He said that 24-year-old armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed handed him the gun and he thought it was prepared properly.
In January, Baldwin went on rant about the shooting and blamed "right-wing rag sheets, and people who are all about hate" for the situation he was in and concluded the video by saying everyone should set "aside the 'January 6th of it all.'"
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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