In the affidavit, authorities describe how seven members of the camera crew had quit their jobs and walked off set following a dispute with “Rust” producers. The incident caused delays and other problems for the cast and crew in the hours leading up to the accidental shooting, according to police.
“The day started off late due to a camera crew that had quit and they had to find another camera crew to help film the movie,” the affidavit alleges. “Joel [Souza] said once they hired another camera crew to assist, the day was taking longer than usual because they only had one camera to do the filming. Joel was asked about the employees’ behavior, and he said everyone was getting along there were no altercations that took place to his knowledge.” Cameraman Reid Russell told police that the crew “was having issues with production involving payment and housing.” It’s unclear where these crew members were at the time of the shooting. In the affidavit, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department laid out a timeline of events involving the prop gun that was used by Baldwin, including whose hands it went through that day.