Affidavit says assistant director indicated gun wasn't loaded moments before Alec Baldwin shooting incident on set of 'Rust'

A prohibition sign hangs on a fence at Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, NM, Friday, October 22, 2021. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a western filmed at the ranch on Thursday. October 21, killed the cameraman.
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The Bonanza Creek Ranch was the location for Alec Baldwin's film "Rust".
It is located on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were injured in Thursday's shooting.
According to an affidavit, Alec Baldwin, who fired the prop gun that accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, was handed the gun by an assistant director who said the New York Times and Associated Press reported. The term refers to a weapon that is not loaded with live cartridges.
A search warrant has been issued in connection with Thursday's fatal shooting on the set of a film filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, police said. A judge ordered all equipment to be searched for evidence, The Times reported.
"Detectives came on the set today and continued to interview potential witnesses," Juan Rios, spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, told the New York Times. "Apparently some people were at the scene."
"I can confirm that the investigators have issued a search warrant," Rios said in a statement to Insider.
Filming took place at Bonanza Creek Ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe during the filming of the movie "Rust" when actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun. The incident occurred hours after union members left the set to protest the unsafe working conditions, the Los Angeles Times reported. They have reportedly been replaced by non-union workers.
Matthew Hutchins, the husband of Halyna Hutchins, who was killed in the incident, told Insider there are no words to describe his feelings.
"I won't be able to comment on the facts or the process of what we are going through, but I appreciate everyone's being very compassionate," he said.
Director Joel Souza was treated in a nearby hospital. He has now been released.
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