An eyewitness on the scene told The Sun that the tragedy was recorded on camera as the cast and crew did a take rehearsing their scene.
The insider claimed: “The camera was facing Alec who was shooting in the cameras general direction during a rehearsal scene that was being recorded.
"The cameras captured Alec shooting but Halyna and Joel were behind the camera so I don’t think the cameras captured them being shot.”
However, “cameras, lights and props were damaged” from the gunfire with “broken glass was everywhere,” so it is unclear if the footage would be salvable. https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/3914033/alec-baldwin-shooting-captured-camera-gun-killed-cinematographer/
Alec Baldwin’s Accidental Shooting That Killed ‘Rust’ Movie Crew Member Was ‘Captured On Camera’
Souza and Russell both told the sheriff’s detective that after camera operators walked off the Rust set, citing housing and pay issues, they were down to one camera, and it was not filming when Baldwin’s gun discharged.
"The scene did not call for Defendant Baldwin to shoot the Colt Revolver," the suit filed by Serge Svetnoy states. https://news.yahoo.com/alec-baldwin-wasnt-supposed-pull-224208577.html
Baldwin ‘Rust’ shooting: Famed lawyer says he’d be shocked if involuntary manslaughter charge not brought https://www.foxnews.com/media/alec-baldwin-shooting-criminal-defense-lawyer-mark-geragos-charges
Deputies responding to a 911 call about a "gunshot trauma" at the ranch learned the gun had been handed to an armorer, a worker who handles weapons for a movie set, following the shooting. According to the affidavit, the armorer had taken the spent casing out of the gun. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/affidavit-offers-new-details-on-baldwin-shooting-that-killed-cinematographer/article_73bc2302-334d-11ec-b2b6-6f5fe3cd1edd.html
Normally, the process begins with an armorer bringing the gun to the director or assistant director to show nothing is inside, he said. Then it is brought to the actor with the assistant director, who often shines a light through it to show an empty barrel and chamber.
Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer Jason Bowles said in a statement Wednesday that “we are convinced this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived.”
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“We are convinced that this was sabotage and Hannah is being framed. We believe that the scene was tampered with as well before the police arrived,” Bowles said in his statement. “This morning we offered to share additional, critical information with the Sheriff’s Office and are awaiting their response.”
It was unclear how many rounds were fired, and there was little information released about the weapon.
Alec Baldwin and Rust crew had been told never to point a gun at a person, lawyer for armorer says https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10167227/Alec-Baldwin-Rust-crew-told-never-point-gun-person-lawyer-armorer-says.html
Attorney For Armorer On Alec Baldwin Movie Suggests Possibility Of ‘Sabotage’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9J4GKAiX0A "Can’t Rule Anybody Out At This Point" 4:01 on the interview and 6:53 "Not a Rehearsal" but "Tech Prep" - Armorer NOT there during fatality
"This idea my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen," she said, but later backtracked and dodged questions about whether Halls handed the gun to Baldwin, despite McCallum asking whether Halls "doesn’t know if he handed the gun to Alec Baldwin."
"She fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings. This was not the fault of Hannah."