Armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reid previously stated that no live rounds were held on the set of the Alec Baldwin film
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said he did not believe a statement from Armor in the investigation into the “Rust” film was accurate about the appearance of the live rounds on set.
Alec Baldwin was practicing cross-drawing a long-barreled Colt .45 revolver on a church set made for an indie-western film, when the gun went off. Officials confirmed that a live round was hit in the abdomen of cinematographer Halyana Hutchins and was eventually recovered inside director Joel Souza’s right shoulder.
Very few people had handled that gun before the incident, but one weapon was Hannah Gutierrez Reid. In a search warrant executed by the sheriff’s office and obtained by Granthshala News, Gutierrez Reid noted that there should not have been any ammunition on the set.
Speaking on the “Today” show on Thursday, Sheriff Mendoza was asked whether the statement is true given the evidence gathered so far in the case.
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“No, of course it is not.” he said. “That was a live round that hit and killed Mrs. Hutchison, so it’s not an accurate statement as far as I’m concerned.”
Mendoza said during a news conference on Wednesday that, in addition to the bullet taken from Souza’s shoulder, investigators found 500 rounds of ammunition, which included a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and live rounds.
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Armorer said in the affidavit that he checked the weapon that Baldwin had fired before the crew finally broke down for lunch to make sure it was only filled with dummy rounds. When the crew broke down for lunch, he personally locked the gun and the others in a safe in a nearby prop truck. However, at that time he claims that the gunpowder was left on a vehicle on the set and was not safe. The gunpowder was also inside the prop truck at that time.
After lunch, crew member Sarah Zachary pulled the firearms out of the safe inside the truck and handed them over. He advised that there are only a few people who have access and access to the vault. During filming, Hannah stated that she handed the gun to Baldwin several times and also handed it to Hall.
Elsewhere in the interview with “Today,” Mendoza said the current focus of the investigation is on those who handled the gun before Hutchins’ death. In addition, he says spies are keeping a very close eye on how exactly the live ammunition made its way to the set as well as who was responsible for bringing it in.