Wednesday, January 26, 2022

‘Rust’ Armorer accuses supplier of selling its counterfeit ammunition with live rounds prior to fatal on-set shooting

In a complaint filed Wednesday in the Second Judicial District Court in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Gutierrez Reid accused PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC. And after its founder, Seth Kenney, alleged Gutierrez Reed of business practices violations, false and deceptive product labels, and false and material misrepresentation, Kenney sold him a cache of counterfeit ammunition into which live rounds were mixed.

Hutchins was shot on October 21 by actor Alec Baldwin during rehearsal for a scene being filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe. Director Joel Souza was injured in the shooting.

The actor told ABC last month that the scene was supposed to show Baldwin raising a gun, and that he and Hutchins were going on about how she wanted to lay her hand just before the gun went off.

The complaint states that Kenny and his company “sold, distributed and advertised their props as dummy ammunition.” “Hannah relented and trusted that the defendants would only supply dummy prop ammunition, or blanks, and that no live rounds were ever to be on set.”

The complaint included allegations that Kenny attempted to “direct” a criminal investigation into Hutchins’ death, which placed the blame on Gutierrez Reed, and included screenshots of text messages between the pair, showing that they had a “result”.

Gutierrez Reid also includes allegations in the lawsuit that indicate wrongdoing by several others involved in the set, including Baldwin, prop master Sarah Zachary and assistant director Dave Hall.

CNN interviewed Zachry, PDQ Arm and Prop. LLC., contacted an attorney for Kenny, Baldwin, and Hall for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

Gutierrez Reid was not called to re-inspect gun, lawsuit says

The complaint includes a detailed timeline detailing the day of Gutierrez Reed’s shooting, including the moments leading up to the church scene when the weapon was fired.

Lawyers for Gutierrez Reid had previously theorized in interviews that “sabotage” was behind the fatal discharge, and in the suit, they note a period of approximately five minutes when the gun was dropped by Zachary and an assistant that needed to be seen. The task was assigned. This.

In the suit, Gutierrez Reid says that he himself loaded six rounds into the gun and inspected the weapon in front of Hall, showing him the chamber that was filled with dummy rounds. Hall stated in his account that he would “sit down” with the gun, implying that the gun was not being used at all because it was not a scene or rehearsal.

Gutierrez Reid says that when Baldwin arrived and took possession of the gun, Hall broke protocol by not calling him back on set. The complaint states that he asked Hall to let Baldwin know when he returned so he could re-inspect the weapon.

The complaint reads, “He said that if the plan to use the gun was more than just a ‘sitting’ position, then Hannah needed to be recalled to the church.”

The complaint also claimed that Baldwin never responded to Gutierrez Reid’s request to attend “cross draw training” on October 15, days before the shooting.

According to the complaint, “Had Hannah been recalled, she would inspect the weapon again every round, and instruct Baldwin on safe gun practice with a cross draw, as was her standard practice on set.”

The suit states, “Hannah never allowed Baldwin to point a weapon at Halina as part of standard safe gun practices. Apparently, no one inside the church prevented Baldwin from doing so.”

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