The investigation into the October shooting death of filmmaker Halina Hutchins in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has always involved one important question.
How did a live shot on Alec Baldwin’s Colt .45 copy in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on that tragic day?
Rust armorist Hannah Gutierrez Reed said it was the result of negligence on the part of Seth Kenny, a New Mexico-based arms and ammunition supplier who was responsible for supplying the film produced by Baldwin with inert ammunition. Instead, a live bullet fired from Baldwin’s gun killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
In a lawsuit filed by Kenny and his PDQ Arm and Prop on Wednesday, Reed alleges that Kenny’s Rust package was found with live ammunition mixed between a puppet and empty ammunition. minlagan. It added that Kenny was actively trying to put the blame for the shooting on Reed’s actions while filming a low-budget film.
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“Defendants (Kenney and PDQ Prop) sold, sold, distributed, and advertised his requisites as ammunition suppliers to the Rust collection, not as ammunition, but as homemade ammunition.” , – says in the complaint. “Hannah believed and believed that the defendants would only provide puppet ammunition or blanks, and there were never any live ammunition in the kit.”
The lawsuit requires a jury trial on four counts, including a violation of New Mexico’s Unfair Trade Practices Act, the creation of a “dangerous situation” in the collection, and the “false and deceptive product” of the materials. shortcuts “.
asked Kenny’s attorney for comment.
The complaint alleges that a few months before the filming of Rust, Kenny helped the actors involved in filming the Texas filming live to feel how real guns strike.
Hannah Gutierrez Reed’s father, honorary filmmaker Tell Reed, who joined Kenny on the mission, said hundreds of live bullets were used in Texas that day, some marked “Starline Brass,” and the same stamp was found live. Killed Hutchins.
Her daughter’s 24-page civil complaint states that the Rust package is both soft and messy. The crews left, guns with puppet bullets accidentally went off, and key individuals did not follow the protocols.
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On the eve of the October 21 shooting, property owner Sara Zakri was shot in the leg. A few minutes later, for Baldwin, the student double weapon goes off. Both had no live ammunition.
Reed confronted Zakri about accidental discharges, but the complaint said he soon received a short text from Kenny telling Reed and Zakri that Zachry would be fired. “Remember he’s your boss,” Kenny Reed wrote. “Don’t press.”
Kenny later called Troy Teske, an officer from Bullhead City, Arizona, a police friend he met through Tell Reed, and complained that he never wanted to work with young Reed.
On the day of the shooting, chaos reigned again. Reed’s complaint alleges that the full box “puppet” round suddenly appeared. Reed’s questions to Zakri about where the box came from went unanswered.
Reed began checking and downloading Baldwin’s Colt .45. The next few minutes have been described by various players in the Rust tragedy in recent months, and investigators are trying to reconcile exactly what happened.
In Reed’s event version, he shook all six of the bullets that made sure he was mounted on a Colt .45, their separate squeaks indicating that they were puppets.
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When it was time for Baldwin to return to the church stage, Reed handed Colt over to assistant director Dave Holles, who said the weapon would not be used during rehearsals.
Reed said the weapon remained in Halls. He said he asked Halls if the weapon had been handed to Baldwin and when to call back so he could turn the camera around and make sure the actor was safe with the weapon.
Given the COVID-19 protocols limiting the number of staff allowed in a small church, he went outside. Then a gunshot rang out. Baldwin had taken the gun from Halls, whom he called a “cold weapon,” and was conducting a mutual drawing exercise when the gun fired as it was aimed at his cinematographer.
“If Hannah had been called again, she would have checked the gun and once again in each round and instructed Baldwin to shoot safely with a shotgun,” the complaint said. “Hannah, as part of a standard safe gun practice, would never have allowed Baldwin to point a gun at Halina. Apparently, no one inside the church had stopped Baldwin, including the AD halls.”
After the shooting, Reed’s attorneys said Kenny was linked to his friend, Officer Teske.
“On October 21, at 4:03 p.m., when Seth called Troy, a few hours after the shooting and before Halina was declared dead, Seth told Troy that Hannah had intervened. said the word, ”the complaint said. “How and why Seth Hanna was” confused “and almost immediately concluded that he had invited her without asking Troy – not understood or not yet explained or clarified.”
The complaint alleges that Kenny was working together to divert attention, including texting Reed, in which he insulted AD Halls Hannah and prevented her from doing her job safely. Seth said he would “take it back” if he blamed Holls. “
For his part, Baldwin said in a televised interview with George Stefanopoulos in December that he never pulled Colt’s trigger and that the gun went off after he pulled back the hammer at the request of the cinematographer.
Baldwin did not specify why he raised the weapon during training.