The woman in charge of weapons on the set where actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cameraman Galina Hutchins, said Wednesday night that she examined the gun Baldwin fired, but did not know how the live bullet ended up inside.
“Who put them in there and why is the big question,” said Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gunsmith for Rust, in a statement from one of her lawyers, Jason Bowles of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Hannah kept her weapons under lock and key, including during lunch on that day (October 21) in question, and she instructed her department to keep an eye on the gun cart when she was being taken away for other duties or during lunchtime.” …
The statement goes on to say that “Hannah has done everything in her power to ensure a safe recruitment. She checked the cartridges she loaded into the firearm that day. She always checked the cartridges. “
The statement also says that she checked the ammo before handing the firearm to assistant director David Halls by “spinning the cylinder and showing him all the ammo and then handing him the firearm.”
“No one could have guessed or thought that someone would add live ammunition to this set,” Gutierrez Reed said in a statement.
The statement also noted that “she trained the actors and Mr. Baldwin in the use of firearms, she fought more training days and regularly stressed that one should never point a firearm at a person.”
On October 29, Hannah’s attorneys Gutierrez Reed said she did not know where the ammunition found there came from and accused the manufacturers of unsafe working conditions.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said there was “some complacency” in how to handle guns on the set of Rust.
Initially, investigators found 500 rounds – a mixture of blanks, blanks, and ammunition. Industry experts said there should never be live rounds on set.
Additional ammunition, a dozen revolvers and a rifle were also seized when a white truck used to store props, including firearms, was searched, according to an inventory filed Friday in court.