Alec Baldwin was handed a fully loaded gun by unwitting director before fatal shooting: police warrant
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A new police warrant claims that Alec Baldwin was handed a fully loaded gun by an unwitting assistant director ahead of a fatal shooting that occurred during the filming of the movie "Rust," reports the Associated Press's Zeke Miller.

According to NBC News, Baldwin was assured that the gun was safe to use shortly before he accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest.

Police filed the warrant in court on Friday so they could have access to the ranch where the movie was being filmed at the time of the shooting, writes NBC News.

The fatal shooting occurred on Thursday on the set of "Rust."

Baldwin earlier in the day expressed his condolences for shooting Hutchins and said he was cooperating with the police investigation.

"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours," Baldwin wrote.