Paris, 2022-01-12 23:00:00. Shooting “Rust”: an armored film that blames the ammunition supplier
SANTA FE, NM – A new lawsuit accused an ammunition supplier Wednesday of creating dangerous conditions at a filming location where a pistol carried by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, by including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to include only dummy rounds.
The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico District Court by Hana Gutierrez Reed, a gunsmith who oversaw firearms, ammunition and related training on the “Rust” group with two colleagues. Cinematographer Helena Hutchins died October 21 of her gunshot wounds sustained during a rehearsal for the movie “Rust” on a farm in the suburbs of Santa, in northern New Mexico.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading an investigation into the cause of death, said it was too early to determine whether charges would be brought. Investigators described “some laxity” in how weapons were handled on the set.
The lawsuit brought by Gutierrez Reed blames ammunition supplier Seth Kenny and his company PDQ Arm & Prop for providing live rounds to the group where only blanks and dummies were supposed to be present.
The suit states that “the introduction of live ammunition into the kit, which no one expected, combined with the rushing and chaotic atmosphere, created the perfect storm for a safety accident.”
Kenny could not be reached for comment. He’s previously said he’s sure his company hasn’t sent any live tours to the “Rust” group.
The lawsuit adds new details to the series of rifle and ammo impoundments in “Rust” slated for October 21, describing the appearance of a new box of ammunition—presumably harmless mock rounds without explosives—shortly before the pistol was loaded and passed to Baldwin.
Baldwin said he did not know the gun he was carrying contained a live round when it exploded as it was aimed at Hutchins. Investigators are trying to find the source of the live tour, searching the Albuquerque headquarters of PDQ Arm & Prop in December.
The new lawsuit seeks damages in a jury trial over allegations of unfair trade practices, the introduction of dangerous products, false labels and misrepresentation.
It states that on the set, authorities found “seven suspected live ammunition distributed inside the ammunition box, on the ammunition cart and in gangs.”
The lawsuit also accuses Kenny of involvement in the investigation and attempting to implicate Gutierrez Reid.
Authorities recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition on the set of the movie “Rust” – a mix of spent cartridges, dummy rounds, and what appeared to be live ammunition.
Authorities issued a search warrant to Baldwin’s phone, to obtain text messages, photos, videos, calls, or any other information related to the movie.
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