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>> announcer: this is "nightline." tonight, loaded gun. stunning new details in the deadly movie set shooting. >> the weapon is functional and fired a live round, killing miss hutchins and injuring mr. souza. >> the new questions about possible breaches of safety protocols, and could the crew face criminal charges? >> all options are on the table at this point. no one has been ruled out at this point. plus the amazing drew binsky traveling the world. literally all of it. 196 countries. >> we're bros. >> yeah. >> from the pyramids to the ruins of thailand. >> what are some universal truths that you've learned? >> doesn't matter where you are in the world. people are so genuine. >> only one left to go. >> announcer: "nightline" will
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♪ ♪ tequila herradura. extraordinary awaits. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm trevor ault. authorities in new mexico today are speaking out for the first time after the fatal shooting on the set of the movie "rust," saying all options are on the table including possible criminal charges. abc's kaylee hartung is in santa fe tonight. >> we believe that we have in our possession the firearm that was fired by mr. baldwin.
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we also believe that we have the spent shell casingthe bullet that was fired from the gun. >> reporter: today for the first time publicly authorities in santa fe are releasing key details of their investigation into the fatal shooting on the set of the western film "rust." last week a prop gun in the hands of actor alec baldwin discharged, killing the film's cinematograph cinematographer, halyna hutchins, and injuring its director joel souza. now we're learning that colt .45 revolver was loaded with a but the. >> the actual lead projectile that was fired has been recovered from the shoulder of mr. souza. >> reporter: authorities also confirming the chain of events that led to the shooting. >> a weapon was handed to mr. baldw baldwin. the weapon is functional and fired a live round, killing ms. hutchins and injuring mr. souza. >> reporter: today's news a shock to hollywood. according to an industrywide safety committee bulletin, live ammunition is never to be used nor brought onto any studio lot
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or stage. so the biggest question now, how di tha bullet get on the begin u >> how twoeoplepe n tre >> that's what we're trying to determine. >> reporter: the sheriff's office says they're still working to gather all evidence and send the ammunition to the fbi crime lab in quantico, virginia for further ballistics evaluation. no charges have been filed yet. officials say everything is on the table, including criminal charges. >> all options are on the table at this point. i'm not commenting on charges, whether they will be filed or not, or on whom. >> reporter: authorities say they also recovered three revolvers and roughly 500 rounds of ammunition on the scene, including blanks, dummy rounds and live rounds. >> i won't comment further on how they got there. >> reporter: a new search warrant was issued today for a prop truck on set where firearms and ammunition are stored. >> is it possible that somehow one single bullet mistakenly made it onto the set?
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it's possible. maybe they wouldn't charge for that. but if there are multiple live rounds on that set somebody's going to have to explain why that was there. rtetore coer "st production team announces they've hired their own lawyers to conduct an internal investigation. the occupational safety and health administration, known as osha, has also visited the "rust" production set and begun interviewing crew members. yesterday a member of the cast told tmz he feared for his sfety when filming gun battle scenes. >> when the rounds were released, when they shot at me, i actually did feel the blanks hitting my face and my body. and i could feel the wind from the shotgun, you know, being discharged. >> reporter: this photo shows the cast and crew filming inside the church before that fatal shooting occurred. the film's star and producer alec baldwin in the middle. the crew, including cinematographer halyna hutchins, surrounding him. while sitting in one of those church pews baldwin discharged
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that weapon, striking hutchins and souza. >> we need an ambulance out at bonanza creek ranch right now. >> reporter: in a search warrant the film's director souza told investigators that baldwin was practicing a cross-draw, pointing the revolver toward the camera lens. souza was behind that camera looking over hutchins' shoulder when he says he heard what sounded like a whip and then loud pop. authorities say the firearm was one of three prop guns set up by the armorer, 24-year-old hannah gutierrez-reed. in a new affidavit from investigators obtained today, assistant director dave halls explains that when gutierrez-reed showed him the firearm he could only remember seeing three rounds. he told detectives he should have checked all of them but didn't. and yet halls handed the gun to baldwin on set and indicated it was safe to use. abc news has learned that halls was fired for a similar incident on a different movie set back in 2019 when another prop gun unexpectedly discharged, injuring a crew member.
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>> the d.a. made it clear today that she is going to look at all factors including things that have happened on other sets. >> reporter: the film's armorer, gutierrez reed, seen here in pictures released by the daily mail, was responsible for all weapons on set. "rust" was only her second film as head armorer. key grip stu brumbaugh previously worked with her on the set of the nicolas cage film with the the old way." he says he had some concerns about gutierrez-reed. >> hannah was having a conversation with an actor at the time. they had some reservations about the sound, the report of the gun. so she was going to test that near the actor to let them know -- understand how loud it was. and again, it went -- another gun went off. but fortunately our star, nic cage, walked by and it went off without any of the crew really wearing any hearing protection, and it pissed him off.
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at that point i had made the comment to the assistant director that she probably needed to be let go. >> reporter: according to that search warrant for the prop truck released today, investigators conducted an interview with gutierrez-reed, who said that on the day of the incident she checked the dummies and ensured they were not hot rounds. and when the crew broke for lunch she says the firearms were secured inside the prop truck but that ammo was left on a cart on the set, not secured. when asked if live ammo was kept on set, she replied no. authorities say that baldwin, halls and gutierrez-reed have all been cooperative in their investigation. >> i think there was some complacency on this set, and i think there are some safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry, but i'll leave that up to the industry and the state to determine what those need to be. >> film propmaster dutch merrick says 500 rounds is not uncommon for a film set like "rust." >> dummy rounds make sense because you dress those into the gun and you use them for purposes of making it look loaded. the thing that doesn't make sense is the live rounds.
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>> reporter: he says he's familiar in dealing with revolvers like the kind that may have been used in "rust." >> this is an image of one of those types of revolvers. and you can see, if you can see this properly, there's a gap right here between the cylinder and the frame. that gap will show you the brass casing. this is a blank that will work for the revolvers and the rifles. so as you can see, the front of the round is crimped. it has sort of a pinched down almost like the end of a hot dog. so it's very obvious when it's a blank. >> reporter: on-set accidents are not as rare as you might think. a report from the associated press details that from 1990 to 2014 there were at least 194 serious accidents on film and television sets including 43 fatalities. like this accident in 2015 on the set of the gregg allman bio pic "midnight rider." while filming on train tracks in rural georgia this video taken from a freight train barrelng
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toward a terrified movie crew at an estimated 57 miles per hour. sarah jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was killed. the director, assistant director and the executive producer pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing after it was determined that they filmed on the train tracks without permission. randall miller, the director, served one year in jail and is now completing his nine years of probation. although there was no gun involved in that case, there could be parallels between "midnight rider" and "rust." >> the fundamental question for the sheriff and the d.a. is going to be how dangerous was it? was it just a one-off? was it just an error? or was there literally a pervasive problem about safety on that set? >> regardless of whether charges are brought, there will likely be consequences for the talented life lost. >> if they decide not to pursue any criminal charges here, that would actually be more the norm
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than the exception. there will undoubtedly be civil lawsuits here. and there's no question there's going to be big money paid out. >> together we will ensure that this investigation is held to the highest standards. i speak to the prosecutorial perspective here. and i must emphasize that a complete and thorough investigation is critical to d.a. review. >> our thanks to kaylee. up next, drew binsky's amazing journey. one of the few people in the history of the world to travel to every country. d story. we meet the hero, the all-new nissan frontier hero faces seemingly impossible challenge. tension builds... the plot twist the hero prevails in hollywood, this would be the end. but our here, we are just getting started. introducing the all-new nissan frontier.
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of the few people in the history of the planet to make it to all 197 countries. the flvlogger's been documentin his amazing journey every step of the way. ashan singh caught up with him in country 196, jamaica. >> even when i stand a foot away from it i'm kicking back because it is hot. >> reporter: drew binsky's reporting a vlog for his youtube channel. >> it is literally cooked to perfection. >> reporter: he's about to share with his viewers a jamaican mainstay, saltfish. it's a first for the 30-year-old from arizona. >> i've had red snapper all over the place but nothing that tastes like this. >> reporter: at first glance drew binsky looks like your typical vlogger, but behind the lens he's on a global journey. his destination, every country in the world. jamaica is nation 196 out of 197 for the millennial traveller. and he's broadcasting his world tour to the tune of over 8
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million fans. more people have been to outer space than have seen the whole world. and of that group drew's one of the very few to document it all. from the most remote islands to some of the hardest to reach communities. >> how many do you have? >> 24. >> wow. beautiful. >> reporter: nations living in conflict. kourp countries travelers just don't normally consider. >> we can't speak to each other but it doesn't matter. we're bros. >> yeah. >> exactly. >> reporter: he's sharing it all with his audience, breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions that extend far beyond borders. what are some universal truths you've learned? >> from all my travels i've learned that all people are the same. it doesn't matter where you are in the world. people are so genuine. >> reporter: and encouraging everyday people to get up and just go. >> i just strongly feel that you become a more well-rounded and educated person by traveling. and nothing is better than crossing borders because just
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new languages, new cultures, new traditions. i find that to be extremely valuable. >> country 196. >> 196. >> how does it feel? >> oh, man. it's a great feeling. >> reporter: we linked up with drew to find out just how someone manages to see the entire map and what he's learned along the way. >> we are literally off the beaten path right now. >> i have no idea where we are, but i know it's cool. >> there are so many travel blogs out there, so many travel vlogs. what makes yours different? >> i really try to go to the far places of the world. >> mm. >> and meet with people and sit down and really shine the light on the locals and tell their stories. and i think that's really powerful. >> reporter: here in montego bay drew's almost a full week into his trip. >> this is my island. this is my culture. >> reporter: his camera always rolling as he explores the country. a seasoned content creator who caught the travel bug as a kid. >> on my 8th birthday my parents gave me a globe as a gift. so every night i would spin the globe and dream of visiti iing every country in the world. it wasn't really till i studied
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abroad in college that i got to go overseas and i became addicted. >> reporter: at what point were you like i think this could be my job? >> i went to north korea in april 2017. >> put together this short video to give you an inside look of north korea. >> reporter: it was one of my first videos and it got 10 million views on facebook and right then and there i was like okay, i think this is going to be good. as i traveled more and more i realized that i'm on a good pace to keep going to try to go to every country. nothing was stopping me. >> reporter: since that moment he's used each experience around the globe to perfect his system. from how he travels to who he connects with. and what he shares. first things first, he links with someone local. this is matt. montego bay born and raised. he knows the country like the back of his hand. >> your experience is all about who you're with, right? so if i'm by myself i don't really know where to go. so it's nice to always have a local friend. and you just like vibe off each other. >> reporter: today matt's showing us the best way to see jamaica. >> can you smell that, man? >> reporter: through our
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stomachs. >> this is the jamaican jerk chicken and jerk pork. this is what jamaica is all about. like our people, sweet, spicy, and full of flavor. >> reporter: all 197 countries isn't just impressive. it's a lot. with a mouthful of jerk chicken i try to quiz drew on whether it all started to blend together. >> sometimes things do get a little little repetitive. i've seen a lot of really cool waterfalls in my life. i'd rather prioritize my time and see different things than just another waterfall. because once you've seen victoria falls and niagara falls and iguaze falls it's hard to beat that. >> all the waterfalls start to blend together? >> i'm not a big waterfall guy. put it that way. >> reporter: even on this tiny island of less than 3 million everywhere we go somebody seems to recognize drew from his videos. >> nice to meet you, bro. >> i'm a really big nfan. >> oh, thank you. >> reporter: this man saying drew's content inspired him to go to ghana. >> i found out a lot about africa through you. >> it gives me the goosebumps even though it's a million degrees outside right now. it makes me feel grateful and i
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feel honored to be in a position where i can inspire people, where i can share the beauty of the world. >> reporter: but it's not just a passion for drew. in order to live this way he had to find ways to make it all pay for itself. >> how does someone like you make a business out of their hobby to travel? >> it's a lot of work. and i always tell people it's absolutely possible but it takes a certain person to be willing to be in front of a camera 24/7. it's not easy, man. i did everything myself for the first 3 1/2 years. shooting, editing, script writing, uploading. >> how much can somebody actually stand to make living this lifestyle? >> in 2013 i made like $20,000 a year. all the way up to 2017. and then it pretty much doubled every year since then. a lot of people want overnight success. they're like okay, i'm going to start making videos now and go viral tomorrow. that's not really how it works. >> reporter: these days drew says he can make up to $35,000 a month. >> thank you to all the sponsors. >> reporter: through sponsorships and ads. now he's got a full team spread across 13 countries to help manage partnerships and create
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content. >> do you see the content as the means to making a living or do you genuinely enjoy storytelling? >> both. i absolutely love telling stories. it's my passion. and so i don't want to stop doing it. i can't stop. truth be told, i never check my bank account ever. as long as i have enough to do what i want to do and keep traveling i'm happy. >> do you ever worry that you're putting forth a perspective of privilege when you're out there? >> yes. i realize that i am a white american male and i realize that my passport is a lot stronger than my fiance, who has a philippines passport. and a lot of people who have indian passports, who have egyptian passports. it's a lot harder for them to travel. and i'm very sensitive about that. but i really think that anybody can be a content creator. if you're watching this interview right now, it means you have internet or a tv subscription which means you can have a phone and just start filming yourself and uploading it on youtube. ♪ >> reporter: as this trip comes to an end, we go off the beaten path. literally.
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>> and we've arrived. >> reporter: for one last meal before he heads to his final destination, saudi arabia. you're about to head to country 197. and you'll officially have traveled the whole world. do you feel it coming to an end? >> i've had a lot of time to reflect the last 18 months. so yeah, i think mentally i'm prepared and ready to move on to the next chapter of my life. but yeah, it's surreal to think about like ten years. that's like 3,000 days or longer of like nonstop travel. >> reporter: once you leave saudi arabia, what is drew binsky looking forward to? >> i'm looking forward to continue creating content, going back to the countries that i love so much and just keep doing what i'm doing. i feel like it's only the beginning. >> reporter: so you've got your plans in the works. >> i can't stop traveling, nan. i just can't. >> our thanks to ashan. up next, one of yosemite national park's most popular astr attractions roaring back to life. which leaves us to wonder,
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