Actor Alec Baldwin is firing back on a new FBI report that claimed that he had to have pulled the trigger in the “Rust” shooting that take place last October.
The gun the “30 Rock” actor was holding contained live rounds, although how real bullets ended up on a movie set is still under investigation. During the scene, director Joel Souza was injured and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed when the gun was fired.
Although FBI testing seemed to show that the gun’s trigger had to be pulled in order to discharge the gun, Baldwin took to Instagram to share his side of the story.
Alec Baldwin Maintains That He Never Pulled The Trigger In ‘Rust’ Shooting
On Friday morning, Alec Baldwin shared a screenshot of an article that seems to be from CNN on Instagram. The text reads:
“Baldwin has repeatedly said that he pulled back the gun’s hammer as far as he could without cocking the gun and released the hammer – but did not pull the trigger.”
“A newly released FBI forensics report says that the weapon could not be fired during FBI testing of its normal functioning without pulling the trigger while the gun was cocked. The report noted the gun eventually malfunctioned during FBI testing after internal parts fractured, which caused the gun to go off in the cocked position without pulling the trigger.
“Luke Nikas, an attorney for the actor, told CNN on Sunday the FBI report ‘is being misconstrued.”
Alongside the screenshot, Baldwin wrote, “The most important part of this article is this first sentence. No one has ever maintained, on my part, that a cocked gun just went off without pulling a trigger.”
“The gun was never cocked. Never,” he claimed. “The hammer was pulled back as far as it could go WITHOUT cocking the gun. When released, it caused the gun to fire. Not cocked. No trigger pull. Pull back hammer only…and release.”
He then circled back to the primary question: “Who put the live round in the gun?”
Supporters Show Support For Baldwin After Latest FBI Report Results Go Public
Regardless of how the gun fired, many users in the comments pointed out that the gun misfiring wasn’t really the problem. The fact that there was a live round in the chamber of the weapon is what led to the death of Halyna Hutchins, who was beloved by many on set and a mother to a young son.
“Someone has to know who put the live round in,” one follower wrote in the comments of Baldwin’s post. “That’s who is responsible! Not you.” Another user agreed, writing, “There was a live round in the gun. The props department is to blame. Period.”
A third follower wrote, “It’s simple… someone put live bullets in the gun. Hope that person can live with their guilt and the guilty of letting you Alec and your family go through h— because of it.” Another user commented, “I still want to know how a gun with live ammo appeared on the set.”
Other fans were vocal in their support for the actor. “We stand with you and the facts. Hang in there,” one fan wrote. “You have a great supportive family and fans. The truth shall set you free!”
FBI Report Concluded That The Trigger Had To Be Pulled In Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting
Last Friday, ABC News published the findings of the FBI report, which conducted accidental discharge testing on the firearm, a .45 Long Colt caliber F.lli Pietta single-action revolver. Their testing found that the weapon could not have been fired without the trigger being pulled.
The report stated that the weapon “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger” with the hammer in the quarter and half-cock positions. With the hammer fully cocked, the FBI claimed that the gun “could not be made to fire without a pull of the trigger while the working internal components were intact and functional.”
The report continued to explain that, with the hammer de-cocked on a loaded chamber, the gun was able to detonate a primer “without a pull of the trigger when the hammer was struck directly.”
Although no one has yet been criminally charged in the shooting, the “Rust” armorer released a statement yesterday criticizing the Santa Fe police department’s handling of the investigation. Her full statement can be read here.