The Santa Fe County district attorney is not ruling out criminal charges in the fatal shooting on the "Rust" set, a district attorney spokesperson confirms to CNN, noting the incident remains under active investigation.
News of the ongoing potential for criminal charges was first reported on Tuesday by the New York Times following a phone interview with District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies.
In the interview, Carmack-Altwies said the term “prop gun” is misleading and that the gun that killed Halyna Hutchins was a “legit gun,” describing it as an “antique-era appropriate gun.”
According to the report, Carmack-Altwies said the investigation is focusing on ballistics to determine what kind of rounds were used, and who placed them in the gun fired by Alec Baldwin.
“There were an enormous amount of bullets on this set, and we need to find out what kinds they were,” Carmack-Altwies was quoted as saying.
The district attorney also said that news reports that crew members were using guns with live ammunition for target practice hours before the fatal shooting occurred were “unconfirmed.”
The district attorney is expected to participate in a news conference with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office scheduled for Wednesday morning.