By Robert Willmann
Here are the two search warrants with supporting affidavits from the Santa Fe Magistrate Court that were issued on Friday, 22 October 2021, about the shooting by Alec Baldwin the day before on the set of the movie “Rust” in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The first one was prepared on Thursday the twenty-first, the day of the incident, as indicated in the notation of an Assistant District Attorney. It was signed at 7:20 a.m. on 22 October and then executed. The second one was prepared and signed at 6:09 p.m. the same day.
The warrants are identical in some parts, with the first one listing six categories of items to be seized, and the second one listing those six plus six more. The supporting affidavit for the first warrant describes information obtained on Thursday, 21 October, the day of the shooting incident. The affidavit for the second warrant repeats the information in the first warrant, and adds more from an interview starting at 1:00 p.m. on 22 October with writer-director Joel Souza, who was shot in the shoulder. In addition, the second affidavit contains some information from an interview with a camera man, Reid Russel, “who was standing next to Joel and Halayna at the time of the shooting” [Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed by a gunshot during the incident].
The shooting took place in a building designed as a church on the movie set. According to the identical first part of the affidavits, three so-called “prop guns” on a cart outside the building were “set up” by Hannah Gutierrez (Gutierrez-Reed), who had the grandiose title of “armorer”. Dave Halls, the assistant director, got one of the three guns and took it to Baldwin, who was inside the building, and Halls supposedly said “cold gun” as he handed it to Baldwin. The term cold gun is said to mean a gun that does not contain any live bullets. The affidavit further claims that “Halls did not know live rounds were in the prop-gun”, when he gave it to Baldwin. After the gun was fired, Baldwin gave it to Hannah and she took the spent shell casing out of the gun. When Sheriff’s deputies arrived, she gave the gun to the deputies. The affidavit is silent about whether she gave them the spent casing. The deputies also took possession of “additional prop-ammunition”.