Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger on the set of ‘Rust’ – according to FBI analysis.
Baldwin fatally shot 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injured 48-year-old Joel Souza on the movie set in Santa Fe, Mexico last October.
Recall, Baldwin absurdly claimed he didn’t pull the trigger during an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
The gun that Baldwin fired is a period revolver (you can read TGP’s Larry Johnson’s original post about the pistol here)–F. Lli Pietta 45 Long Colt Revolver. You must open the loading gate to access the cylinder to load a cartridge. You then must cock the hammer manually, otherwise, it will NOT fire. Once the hammer is cocked then only slight pressure on the trigger will release the hammer and initiate the firing cycle.
[Note–There is a way to fire this revolver without cocking the trigger–you hit the hammer on the spur with a club of some sort and that can cause the firing pin to ignite the primer. But the point remains–this gun cannot be fired “accidentally.” It does not fire itself.]
Baldwin also told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he doesn’t feel any guilt because he isn’t responsible for the fatal shooting.
“Do you feel guilt?” Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin.
“No. Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me.” Baldwin replied.
Baldwin STILL has not been charged even though he fatally shot a woman last year.
Police in Santa Fe will not rule out criminal charges after the FBI report concluded Baldwin must have pulled the trigger, the Daily Mail reported.
ABC News reported:
The gun used in the fatal shooting on the “Rust” movie set could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, according to an FBI forensic report obtained Friday by ABC News.
Accidental discharge testing determined that the firearm used in the shooting — a .45 Colt (.45 Long Colt) caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver — could not have fired without the trigger being pulled, the FBI report shows.
With the hammer in the quarter- and half-cock positions, the gun “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger,” the report stated.
With the hammer fully cocked, the gun “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional,” the report stated.
With the hammer de-cocked on a loaded chamber, the gun was able to detonate a primer “without a pull of the trigger when the hammer was struck directly,” which is normal for this type of revolver, the report stated.