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‘Rust’ movie set showed ‘some complacency’ with weapons, Santa Fe County sheriff says

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A sign stands near the Bonanza Creek Film Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 23. An assistant director unwittingly handed actor Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show.
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A security guard manning the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set locks the gate after turning away workers who came to pick up equipment in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday, Oct. 25. A camera operator told authorities that Alec Baldwin had been careful with weapons on the set of the film "Rust." Baldwin shot and killed a cinematographer with a gun he'd been told was safe to use, court records released Sunday show.
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A rusted chain hangs on the fence at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, Oct. 27. New Mexico authorities said they have recovered a lead projectile believed to have been fired from the gun used in the fatal movie-set shooting.
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The entrance to the Bonanza Creek Film Ranch is seen in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, Oct. 22. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of a Western being filmed at the ranch on Thursday, Oct. 21, killing the cinematographer, officials said. The director of the movie was wounded, and authorities were investigating.
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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, left, and Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies exit the sheriff's office to address the media at a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. Wednesday, Oct. 27. 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.
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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, left, speaks Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, right, listens during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, Oct. 27. 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.
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Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, front, speaks Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, rear, listens during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, Oct. 27. 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.
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Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, speaks as Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza, far right, listens during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. Wednesday, Oct. 27. 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.
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This Oct. 23 photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., where actor Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger on a prop gun while filming “Rust” and unwittingly killed a cinematographer and injured a director. Experts predict a tremendous legal fallout.

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‘Rust’ movie set showed ‘some complacency’ with weapons, sheriff says