Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Film Armor blames gunpowder supplier in shooting fatal ‘Jung’

SANTA FE, NM — A new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of creating dangerous situations on the set of a movie where a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, with a box containing Live ammunition was included which consisted only of dummy rounds.

The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico State District Court by Hannah Gutierrez Reid, who along with two associates oversaw firearms, ammunition, and related training on the set of “Rust.” Cinematographer Helena Hutchins died of a gunshot wound during a “Rust” rehearsal on the outskirts of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico on October 21.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the cause of death, has said it is too early to determine whether charges will be filed. Investigators described “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on set.

Gutierrez Reed’s lawsuit blames ammunition supplier Seth Kenney and his company PDQ Arm & Prop for launching live rounds on sets where only blanks and dummies were present.

“The start of the live rounds on set, which no one expected, combined with the crowd and the chaotic atmosphere, created the perfect storm for a security incident,” the lawsuit states.

Kenny could not be reached for comment. He has previously stated that he is sure his company didn’t send any live rounds to the set of “Rust.”

The lawsuit adds new details to the chain of custody for guns and ammunition on the “Rust” set on October 21, describing the presence of a new box of ammunition – believed to be harmless dummy rounds without any explosives – some Time ago the revolver was loaded and given to Baldwin.

Baldwin has said that he didn’t know the gun he was holding had a live round when it stopped pointing at Hutchins. Investigators are trying to figure out where the live round came from, a search of PDQ Arm & Prop’s Albuquerque compound in December.

The new lawsuit seeks damages in a jury trial on charges of unfair trade practices, introducing dangerous products, and false labels and misrepresentation.

It said officers found a suspect seven live rounds distributed on the set “inside the gunpowder box, on the gunpowder and in the bandoliers.”

The trial also accuses Kenny of implicating himself in the investigation and of attempting to implicate Gutierrez Reid.

Officers recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition – blanks, dummy rounds and what appeared to be live rounds – on the set of the movie “Rust”.

Authorities have issued a search warrant for Baldwin’s phone, seeking text messages, images, videos, calls or any other information related to the film.

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