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Baldwin's fatal shot: the gunsmith neglected to check the gun

Baldwin's fatal shot: the gunsmith neglected to check the gun

By Le Figaro with AFP


The director of photography Halyna Hutchins was fatally injured when Alec Baldwin fired a gun that had been presented to her as harmless. SWEN STUDIOS / REUTERS

When questioned by the police, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed admitted that she did “not really checked much” the weapon because it had remained under lock and key.

The young woman who was responsible for the guns on the set of the western where Alec Baldwin accidentally killed a filmmaker in late October, told investigators she was negligent in checking the actor’s operated revolver just before the drama. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, gunsmith of the film Rust , was questioned by the police officers who seek in particular to determine how a real ammunition could have been introduced on the set of the western on a low budget, resulting in the death of the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins. The latter was fatally injured when Alec Baldwin activated a revolver, which had been presented to him as harmless, while he was working on a scene.

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According to a document released Tuesday, November 30 by the Sheriff’s Department of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the gunsmith told officers she loaded five dummy cartridges into the gun just before lunch break. On resumption, she had extracted the weapon from the safe where she had placed it and added a sixth cartridge, then handed the revolver to another employee of the set. Shortly after, she said she heard a detonation coming from the set. Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told investigators that she did “not really checked that much” the weapon because it had been locked up during lunch. She had previously stated that she was unaware of the presence of any live ammunition on the set.

“One chance in a trillion”

The police seized more than 500 ammunition on the set, presented as being a mixture of blank cartridges, dummy cartridges and some ammunition suspected of being very real. On Tuesday, investigators reported possible leads that could explain the presence of this live ammunition, formally prohibited on set by the rules in force in the film industry in the United States. One of the suppliers of the ammunition used on the shooting of Rust , Seth Kenney, indicated that he potentially sold the film crew hand-assembled ammunition – possibly from recycled items – whose logo matches the logo on the lethal cartridge.

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For his part, Hannah Guttierez-Reed’s father, Thell Reed, a renowned film gunsmith, said he had provided Seth Kenney with live ammunition “artisanal” for the preparation of a film on which they had previously collaborated. And he claims that his colleague never returned them to him. The police investigation is continuing and, if no arrests have been made, criminal prosecution is not excluded if responsibility is established. Alec Baldwin, who is also the producer of Rust , deplored this “accident” which had according to him “one chance in a trillion” to occur.

Baldwin’s fatal shot: the gunsmith neglected to check the revolver



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