a “certain carelessness” reigned on the shooting of “Rust” – Liberation

Mixture of artificial and real bullets, ammunition not stored, weapons not verified, inexperienced gunsmith: the revelations accumulate after the death of Halyna Hutchins on the set of Joel Souza’s latest western.

The sheriff is not happy. Responsible for overseeing the investigation into the death of Halyna Hutchins, accidentally shot dead by Alec Baldwin on Sunday, Adan Mendoza questioned Wednesday the conditions of the shooting and the team’s preparation on the Bonanza Creek ranch. “I think there was a certain carelessness on this set and I think there are issues that the (film) industry and maybe the state (of New Mexico) have to contend with. lean “, the Santa Fe County Sheriff said on Wednesday.

Live ammunition in the middle of dummies

Among others, the assistant director, Dave Hall, admitted that he had not verified the weapon with which Alec Baldwin killed the director of photography. In addition, the ammunition used for the shooting was not kept locked up and live bullets were mixed with the dummy cartridges.

The gunsmith of the shooting, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, could therefore be held accountable. On a film, the gunsmith is responsible for the weapons used during the various shots and must constantly ensure that they do not present any danger to the team. Firearms are supposed to be kept locked up when not in use. The specialized site The Wrap reveals that at 24, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed lacked experience and that several actors, including Nicolas Cage, had demanded that she be excluded from another shoot two months ago.

According to depositions gathered by investigators, Hannah Guttierez-Reed claimed that she had safely secured the guns to be used for Alec Baldwin’s rehearsal when the team left the set for the lunch break, but not the guns. ammunition. However, the searches carried out on the set resulted in the seizure of 500 cartridges, dummy or blank, among which also seem to be live ammunition, which has yet to be confirmed by forensic analyzes, explained Sheriff Mendoza.

Shots on beer cans?

Dave Halls, the assistant director who held the weapon to Alec Baldwin, for his part testified that the gunsmith had shown him the weapon brought on the set after the break and said to remember having seen three “dummy” cartridges. in the barrel. “He admits he should have checked them all but didn’t”, writes an investigator in his report.

The fatal bullet, which ended its course in the shoulder of director Joel Souza, injured during the shooting, will also be assessed. Live bullets are totally prohibited on set by the very strict rules in force in the film industry, precisely to prevent this kind of accident.

“We are going to determine how (this live ammunition) got on the set, why it was there, because it should not have been there”Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said.

The investigators did not refer to it but The Wrap says, citing sources familiar with the filming, that some members of the crew had used the offending revolver to fire live ammunition at cans of beer just hours before the crash.

No charge excluded

Liability has not yet been established, but criminal charges against actor Alec Baldwin, also an executive producer of the low-budget western, are not excluded, however, Santa Fe, New Mexico, prosecutor Mary said on Wednesday. Carmack-Altwies, at a press conference.

No arrests have taken place at this point and hearings of witnesses at the Bonanza Creek ranch, where Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on October 21, are continuing.

Besides Alec Baldwin, other protagonists of the drama could also be implicated by justice, like the assistant director Dave Halls, who had given the weapon to the actor for the rehearsal of a scene and admitted not to to have checked it before the tragedy. Prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies insisted it was too early to establish each other’s responsibilities and formulate any charges that might arise. “We cannot say if there has been negligence and if so on the part of whom, nor how many people are involved. We have no certainty at this stage ”, she said.

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