It’s also been reported that at least two other accidental gun discharges occurred on the set on October 16, a week before the shooting.
He added: “Why did Alec Baldwin not insist on being shown the gun was safe? Why did he point it directly at his co-workers, if that is strictly prohibited?
“Alec must have known about the gun discharge incidents, and crew concerns over the armorer’s inexperience and the assistant director’s record of dangerous on-set safety misconduct, because he wasn’t just a jobbing actor on the movie – he was a named Executive Producer.
“So, if he didn’t know, he should have ensured he knew.”
Piers added: “I don’t doubt the sincerity of his sadness at the shooting, nor that he had no idea the gun he fired was loaded.
“But what I do now doubt is Alec Baldwin’s depiction of it as a ‘tragic accident’.
“Given what we have discovered about the circumstances leading up to the moment he pulled the trigger, this was an accident waiting to happen.”
An investigation is still ongoing.