Who pulled the trigger of the gun in Alec Baldwin’s hand on the set of his movie? The gun fired and killed the movie’s cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Baldwin insists he didn’t pull the trigger even after the FBI ruled that the trigger must have been pulled.
On Friday, the FBI reportedly completed its forensic analysis of the shooting last October on the set of Alec Baldwin’s movie Rust. The bullet shot from the gun Baldwin was holding killed 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. In his defense, Baldwin took the position that he never pulled the trigger on Hutchins and that the gun improperly fired after he released the hammer.
However, the FBI’s recent forensic report concluded that the .45 Long Colt held by Baldwin on the set could not have fired without the trigger being pulled. The report directly refutes Baldwin’s position that releasing the hammer made the gunfire the round that killed Hutchins. According to the FBI report, the gun in question could not fire without pulling the trigger whether the gun’s hammer was half-cocked or quarter-cocked; and it could not fire even if the hammer was fully cocked.
While the media went abuzz with the story of the FBI’s forensic report on the gun, Alec Baldwin’s emphatic insistence on not pulling the trigger remains intact. On Tuesday (August 16, 2022), the Washington Examiner reported that Alec Baldwin’s lawyer, Luke Nikas, says the FBI report is “misconstrued” and that Baldwin never pulled the trigger.
Nikas went on to state that the FBI report is being presented out of context and that the gun was in a poor condition so that even pulling the trigger didn’t make it fire in earlier testing by the FBI. He was cited saying:
The gun fired in testing only one time — without having to pull the trigger — when the hammer was pulled back and the gun broke in two different places.
On Tuesday, People reported on Alec Baldwin’s latest YouTube interview in which the actor reiterated that he didn’t pull the trigger.“I know that every single person on the set of the film knows what happened,” he told Chris Cuomo.
Fox News analyst William La Jeunesse told the channel that it’s up to the District Attorney (DA) what he does with this information by the FBI but it could be very problematic for Alec Baldwin.
The AV Club story on the new development noted that it still doesn’t explain why a live bullet was in the gun in the first place, or on the film’s set at all. The investigation by the New Mexico police into the Rust shooting incident is ongoing.