Alec Baldwin’s shooting ‘Rust’: a fourth person held a gun before the fatal incident, according to the investigation order

SANTA FE, NM – A third search warrant issued by Sheriff Santa Fe on Wednesday revealed that a fourth person was handling a firearm that actor Alec Baldwin accidentally released on the set of the movie “Rust” and killed cameraman Halyna Hutchins and an injured director Joel Souza.

Sarah Zachry, first mentioned in the third investigation ordert, carried out by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department, police conducted interviews on the fateful shooting of Hutchins, can be confirmed by Fox News.

“Rust” was filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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“There appears to be another person who is being interviewed and has had contact with a firearm,” a spokesman for the Santa Fe sheriff’s office told Fox News on Thursday.

In a third search warrant issued by the Magistrate Court County of Santa Fe, it was announced Wednesday that the film’s armor, Hannah Gutierrez, inspected the weapon on the set on the day of the incident to make sure it wasn’t “hot,” meaning an industrial term meaning loaded with ammunition or ammunition.


The weapon was then secured by order in a safe on the “chassis”. However, during lunch, the ammunition remained unsecured in the trolley on set.

According to Zachry’s search warrant served as a master of props at “Rust,” he removed the rifles from the safe in the truck after lunch and handed them to Gutierrez, Gutierrez said.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department held a press conference on Wednesday, at which Sheriff Adan Mendoza revealed that "too early" comment on possible allegations in the fatal shooting of footage of Halyne Hutchins.

The Santa Fe sheriff’s department held a news conference Wednesday, at which sheriff Adan Mendoza revealed that it was “too early” to comment on possible allegations of the deadly shooting of the Halyne Hutchins footage.
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Gutierrez, 24, told authorities that only a few people know the combination with the safe. She also said she handed the gun to Baldwin several times and also handed it to assistant director Dave Halls. Halls handed Baldwin a handgun on the warrant before the fatal shooting.


Zachry has not been mentioned in any press conferences or interviews given by the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department up to this point of the investigation. The sheriff’s office declined to give a reason. Rios didn’t know what day he was interviewed with Zachry.

Hutchins was flown by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Hutchins was flown by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
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Zachry recently took care of the props in another film shot in New Mexico, “Dead for a Dollar”.


“Sarah was a member of our props department and worked on our film for about five to six days,” Carolyn McMaster of Chaos A Film Company told Fox News.

“She performed all the tasks assigned to her professionally and followed all safety protocols.”

Zachry could not be reached immediately for comment.

Nate Day of Fox News contributed to this report.

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