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Lead bullet among 500 rounds of ammo recovered from Alec Baldwin deadly movie-set shooting

UPDATE: New Mexico authorities said Wednesday they have recovered a lead projectile believed to have been fired from the gun used in the fatal movie-set shooting.

Investigators discussed their initial findings in the shooting in which actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun, killing a cinematographer and wounding the director.

Testing is being done to determine whether the lead bullet recovered from director Joel Souza’s shoulder was fired from the gun used by Baldwin.

Speaking Wednesday at a news conference, Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said it’s too early to comment on whether any charges will be filed.

He also noted that 500 rounds of ammunition — a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and live rounds — were found while searching the set of the Western “Rust.”

The sheriff would not comment on how the rounds got on set, but he did say there was “some complacency” in how weapons were handled.

Authorities also confirmed there was no footage of the shooting, which happened during a rehearsal.

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ORIGINAL REPORT: SANTA FE, New Mexico — Law enforcement authorities are scheduled to discuss initial findings about a fatal movie-set shooting with a prop gun discharged by actor Alec Baldwin that left a cinematographer dead and the film director wounded.

The news conference in New Mexico by Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies on Wednesday at 10 a.m. may shed new light on a deadly sequence of events that has baffled film-set safety experts.

Baldwin has described the killing as a “tragic accident.”

Court records say that an assistant director grabbed the gun from a cart and indicated the weapon was safe by yelling “cold gun.”

ABC News

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  1. Not blaming nitwit Baldwin for any type of negligence is like blaming the car mechanic that services your car after you have an accident and kill somebody.

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