'Rust' timeline: Key events in the Alec Baldwin on-set shooting

'Rust' timeline: Key events in the Alec Baldwin on-set shooting

The accidental shooting on the New Mexico film set of "Rust" spawned a yearlong criminal investigation, multiple lawsuits and heartfelt remembrances of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was tragically killed when a prop gun fired.

Multiple people, including star Alec Baldwin, now face charges in connection with the deadly shooting.

PHOTO: The Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 23, 2021. (Jae C. Hong/AP, FILE)
PHOTO: The Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, N.M., on Oct. 23, 2021. (Jae C. Hong/AP, FILE)

Here's a look at key events in the incident, which sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry.

Oct. 6, 2021: Production in progress

The New Mexico Film Office announced that "Rust" was currently in production in Santa Fe, with filming scheduled to go until early November 2021.

Oct. 21, 2021: On-set shooting

While on the set of the Western at Bonanza Creek Ranch, Hutchins, 42, was shot and killed by Baldwin while he was practicing using a Colt .45 revolver. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting.

First assistant director David Halls had handed the gun to Baldwin while proclaiming "cold gun," to let the crew know a gun with no live rounds was being used, according to a search warrant affidavit. However, Hutchins was killed by a live round inside the gun, authorities said.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating the incident.

PHOTO: In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Alec Baldwin stands in costume and speaks with investigators following a fatal shooting in 2021 on a movie set in Santa Fe, N.M. (Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP)
PHOTO: In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Alec Baldwin stands in costume and speaks with investigators following a fatal shooting in 2021 on a movie set in Santa Fe, N.M. (Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Nov. 17, 2021: Script supervisor files lawsuit

The film's script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, announced she has filed a civil suit accusing Baldwin of "playing Russian roulette" by pointing a Colt .45 revolver at Hutchins.

Dec. 2, 2021: Baldwin speaks out in first interview

In his first interview following the shooting, Baldwin told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that he had "no idea" how a live bullet got onto the set of his film, but that he "didn't pull the trigger" on the firearm. He also said he didn't believe he would face criminal charges for the tragedy.

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Jan. 12, 2022: Armorer files lawsuit

The film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, filed a lawsuit alleging that the ammunition boxes supplied by the prop provider "failed to state" that "the contents contained both dummy and live ammunition."

Feb. 15, 2022: Hutchins family files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of Hutchins filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging reckless behavior and cost-cutting by Baldwin and others led to Hutchins' death.

April 20, 2022: 'Rust' production company fined

The New Mexico Environment Department's Occupational Health and Safety Bureau issued Rust Movie Productions a "willful" citation, including a $136,793 penalty, for failures that led to Hutchins' "avoidable death." This is the highest level of citation and maximum fine allowable by state law in New Mexico.

Oct. 5, 2022: Hutchins family announces settlement reached

PHOTO: In this Oct. 23, 2021 file photo a musician plays a violin behind a photograph of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor in Albuquerque, N.M. (Andres Leighton/AP, FILE)
PHOTO: In this Oct. 23, 2021 file photo a musician plays a violin behind a photograph of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during a vigil in her honor in Albuquerque, N.M. (Andres Leighton/AP, FILE)

The family of Hutchins announced they had reached a settlement in their wrongful death lawsuit against the film's producers.

As part of the settlement, Matthew Hutchins, Halyna's husband, took over as executive producer of the film and it was announced the principal actors and director would restart filming in January 2023.

Oct. 27, 2022: Sheriff's investigation handed over to DA

Santa Fe County sheriff investigators confirmed they had turned over their report to Santa Fe First Judicial District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, who will decide whether to press criminal charges against anyone involved in the shooting.

Nov. 11, 2022: Baldwin files lawsuit

Baldwin filed a lawsuit over the fatal shooting, alleging negligence of several of the film's crew members. The cross-complaint, which named the Western's first assistant director, armorer, ammunitions supplier and prop master as defendants, follows the lawsuit filed last year by the film's script supervisor.

Nov. 18, 2022: Sheriff releases investigative report

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office released its 550-page report into the fatal shooting.

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Jan. 19, 2023: Charges announced

PHOTO: In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Alec Baldwin gestures while talking with investigators following a fatal shooting in 2021 on a movie set in Santa Fe, N.M. (Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP, FILE)
PHOTO: In this image from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office, Alec Baldwin gestures while talking with investigators following a fatal shooting in 2021 on a movie set in Santa Fe, N.M. (Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP, FILE)

Prosecutors announced that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Halls already agreed to plead no contest for the charge of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

No charges will be filed in the shooting of Souza, the district attorney's office said.

Carmack-Altwies and special prosecutor Andrea Reeb will formally file charges before the end of the month, at which point each defendant will be issued a summons for their first court appearance, which can be done virtually or waived, prosecutors said. During a preliminary hearing, a judge will decide whether there is probable cause to move forward with a trial. Preliminary hearings are typically scheduled within 60 days of charges being filed, according to the district attorney's office.

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