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Cops to hold press conference over Alec Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting

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The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference Wednesday, nearly a week after Alec Baldwin accidentally shot dead his cinematographer and injured his director on the set of his “Rust” film.

Authorities are set to provide an update at 10 a.m. local time regarding their ongoing investigation into what happened at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, where the Western was being filmed last Thursday.

Halyna Hutchins, 42, died and director Joel Souza, 48, was injured by a prop gun fired by Baldwin.

No one has been arrested over the tragic incident, but criminal charges have not yet been ruled out, authorities told The Post.

It comes after detectives on Monday filed an inventory list of items that were seized from the set, including three “revolvers,” at least nine spent shell casings and ammunition that was found in boxes, a fanny pack and loose around the set. 

An aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico where the film "Rust" was filming and where Alec Baldwin accidentally killed Halyna Hutchins.
An aerial photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, where the film “Rust” was filming and where Alec Baldwin accidentally killed Halyna Hutchins.
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Halyna Hutchins was killed when a live round was fired out of a prop gun by Alec Baldwin on the set of the film "Rust."
Halyna Hutchins was killed when a live round was fired out of a prop gun by Alec Baldwin on the set of the film “Rust.”
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Film director Joel Souza was standing behind Halyna Hutchins when she was killed. Souza was injured and taken to the hospital.
Film director Joel Souza was standing behind Halyna Hutchins when she was killed. Souza was injured and taken to the hospital.
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The cast and crew of "Rust."
The cast and crew of “Rust.”
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The inventory list did not disclose what type of ammunition was found, or what type of spent shell casings were recovered.

The sheriff is expected to answer those questions during the press conference.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, has been named as the rookie armorer in charge of weapons on the film set.

Media members gather at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building ahead of a press conference to update them on the shooting accident on the set of the movie "Rust", on October 27, 2021.
Media members gather at the Santa Fe County Public Safety Building ahead of a press conference to update them on the shooting accident on the set of the movie “Rust,” on October 27, 2021.
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A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's offices.
A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
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Two security guards stand next to a worker who came to pick up some equipment from the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe on October 25, 2021.
Two security guards stand next to a worker who came to pick up some equipment from the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe on October 25, 2021.
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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was named as the person who put the live round in the gun when she and some of the crew went Plinking.
Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was named as the person in charge of weapons on the set.
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Authorities said the incident is very much still an “active investigation” and interviews with witnesses are still ongoing. 

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