Film armorer blames ammo supplier in deadly ‘Rust’ shooting

A brand new lawsuit accuses an ammunition supplier of making harmful situations on a movie set the place a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by together with reside ammunition in a field that was supposed to incorporate solely dummy rounds

SANTA FE, N.M. — A brand new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of making harmful situations on a movie set the place a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by together with reside ammunition in a field that was supposed to incorporate solely dummy rounds.

The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico state district courtroom by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the armorer who oversaw firearms, ammunition and associated coaching on the set of “Rust” together with two colleagues. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died on Oct. 21 from a gunshot wound throughout a “Rust” rehearsal at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico.

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The lawsuit from Gutierrez Reed locations blame on ammunition supplier Seth Kenney and his firm PDQ Arm & Prop for introducing reside rounds to the set the place solely blanks and dummies have been imagined to be current.

“The introduction of reside rounds onto the set, which nobody anticipated, mixed with the rushed and chaotic ambiance, created an ideal storm for a security incident,” the lawsuit states.

Kenney couldn’t be reached for remark. He has stated beforehand that he was certain his firm didn’t ship any reside rounds to the set of “Rust.”

The lawsuit provides new particulars to the chain of custody for weapons and ammunition on the “Rust” set on Oct. 21, describing the looks of a brand new field of ammunition — presumed to be innocent dummy rounds with no explosive — shortly earlier than a revolver was loaded and handed to Baldwin.

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Baldwin has stated he didn’t know the gun he was holding contained a reside spherical when it went off whereas pointed at Hutchins. Investigators are looking for the place the reside spherical got here from, looking out the Albuquerque premises of PDQ Arm & Prop in December.

The new lawsuit seeks damages at a jury trial on allegations of unfair commerce practices, introducing harmful merchandise, and false labels and misrepresentation.

It states that authorities discovered on set “a suspected seven reside rounds distributed contained in the ammo field, on the ammo cart and in the bandoliers.”

The lawsuit additionally accuses Kenney of inserting himself in the investigations and making an attempt to implicate Gutierrez Reed.

Authorities recovered lots of of rounds of ammunition on the “Rust” movie set — a mixture of blanks, dummy rounds and what seemed to be reside rounds.

Authorities have issued a search warrant for Baldwin’s telephone, in search of textual content messages, pictures, movies, calls or every other data associated to the movie.

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