Alec Baldwin was one of four people to handle gun on ‘Rust’ movie set on day of shooting: warrant


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According to a search warrant issued on Wednesday, the gun was also handled by Hannah Gutierrez, Dave Hall and Sarah Zachary.

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Authorities have revealed that Alec Baldwin was the fourth person to have handled a gun on the set of his upcoming film “Rust.”

The 63-year-old actor was rehearsing a scene when he dropped a gun and was told that he had no ammunition. The weapon struck a projectile and eventually killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins.


Director Joel Souza was also hit by the projectile, but has since been discharged from the hospital.

A search warrant from Santa Fe’s Magistrates’ Court County, issued Wednesday, said the film’s armor, Hannah Gutierrez, checked the guns on-set on the day of the incident to make sure they weren’t “hot,” an industry Word that means loaded with ammunition or blanks.

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The guns were secured in a vault on a “prop truck” as warranted. However, ammunition was left unprotected in one of the vehicles on the sets during lunch.

According to the search warrant, a woman named Sarah Zachary took the guns out of the truck’s safe and handed them over to Gutierrez after lunch. It’s not clear what Zachary’s position is within the “Rust” production, but new York Times It is reported that she is the prop master of the film.

Gutierrez, 24, told officials that very little was known about the combination in the vault. He also said that he handed over the gun to Baldwin several times and also to assistant director Dave Hall. Hall handed the gun to Baldwin prior to the fatal shooting, according to the warrant.

When Gutierrez was asked about the ammunition, he said that such ammunition is never kept on set.

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When it comes to gun safety on set, Hall was told about safety protocols.

“I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there is no live fire, that” [Gutierrez] The hatch opens and the drums spin and I say ‘cold gun on the set,’” Hall said as warranted.

According to the warrant, Hall said he only remembered seeing three rounds in the gun when Gutierrez showed it to him before continuing with rehearsals. The warrant said he admitted that he should have investigated further and did not remember whether the drum of the gun was spun by Gutierrez.

After the shooting, Hall picked up the gun from a pew inside the church where the scene was to be shot and brought it to Armourer. According to the warrant, Gutierrez was told to “open” the gun so Hall could see what was inside. Hall could only remember seeing at least four “dummy” casings with holes on the sides and one without holes. The “dummy” round without holes did not have a cap, but only a casing as warranted.

A “dummy” round carries no explosive charge.

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According to a warrant issued Wednesday to search the truck used on set, Halls advised that the incident was not a deliberate act. According to the Associated Press, citing an application for a previous search warrant, Hall was unaware that there were live rounds inside the firearm.

When the delegates arrived, Gutierrez handed them the gun.

Speaking to officials, Souza said that as far as he knows, no one is screened for live ammunition before or after a scene involving a gun is filmed. Only guns are checked to avoid the use of live ammunition. He insisted that there should be no live rounds on the sets.

Alec Baldwin was handed the shotgun by Assistant Director Dave Hall, who believed that no ammunition was loaded.

Cameraman Reed Russell, who stood by Hutchins and Souza when they were shot, was also interviewed. He noted that after returning from lunch he walked away for about five minutes and was unaware whether the gun was checked because of his absence.

Russell did not capture video or audio of the incident as he was only setting up his shot and discussing angles to avoid problematic shadows, he said.

Russell said Baldwin was very careful with guns on set, once even making sure a child was not near him while discharging a firearm.

Holmes and Gutierrez have not returned Granthshala News’ requests for comment. Zachry could not be immediately reached.


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