The live ammunition on the ‘Rust’ set may have recycled ammo materials

FILE PHOTO: Handout photo by cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
FILE PHOTO: Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is seen in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on October 23, 2021. Mandatory credit SWEN STUDIOS / Document broadcast via REUTERS

December 1, 2021

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities investigating the fatal shooting in the movie “Rust” last month are investigating whether recycled live ammunition could be placed in a fake ammunition depot on set in New York. Mexico or not, according to court documents released Tuesday. .

The documents include a warrant to search the premises of a local ammunition and film props supplier.

The supplier told police he suspects that the real bullets found on the set may be “reloaded bullets” he had previously received from a friend. Ammunition is made up of recycled components, including ammo.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured when a gun that actor Alec Baldwin was said to be safe fired fired live ammunition during a rehearsal on October 21.

The key question remains how a real bullet, instead of an empty one, is introduced into the gun. Investigators said other live rings were also found on the set.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Newly released documents say the Santa Fe sheriff spoke with Seth Kenny, who supplied some ammunition to “Rust,” and who “advised him that he might know the source of the live salvoes.” .”

“Seth described how a few years ago he received ‘reloaded ammunition’ from a friend,” the document says.

Kenny’s offices and stores in Albuquerque were the subject of a search warrant. Kenny could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Sheriff’s representatives said they also spoke with Thell Reed, father of Hannah Gutierrez, the woman in charge of weapons on set.

Thell, also a film actor, told them he worked with Kenny earlier this year on another film and provided some extra live ammunition for training on a range of guns.

Thell said some live ammunition from that film survived and remains in Kenny’s possession. “Thell said the ammunition could match the ammunition found on the ‘Rust.’ set”

Two crew members filed a civil lawsuit over the fatal shooting, alleging that the producer and others were negligent.

Baldwin said he is heartbroken and is cooperating with the law enforcement investigation. Rust Movie Productions is conducting its own poll.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Peter Cooney) The live ammunition on the ‘Rust’ set may have recycled ammo materials

Caroline Bleakley

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