Rust's 24-Year-Old Armorer Said She 'Almost Didn't Take' Previous Job: 'I Wasn't Sure If I Was Ready'
"I think loading blanks was like the scariest thing to me because I was like, 'Oh, I don't know anything about it,'" Hannah Gutierrez-Reed previously said about her first time as lead armorerIn September, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, appeared on the Voices of the West podcast, revealing that she had just finished serving as head armorer on her first movie The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage.
© Sam Wasson/Getty Images Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza (L) looks on as Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies briefs the media on the "Rust" shooting investigation. Sam Wasson/Getty Images
- The Santa Fe district attorney investigating the fatal "Rust" shooting has shut down allegations of "sabotage."
- DA Mary Carmack-Altwies said authorities don't have "any proof" to back up what she called "conspiracy theories."
- Lawyers for the film's armorer claimed without evidence that someone may have tried to "sabotage" the set by putting a live round in a box of dummy rounds.
The Santa Fe district attorney investigating the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin's latest movie "Rust" has shut down the "sabotage" allegations floated by attorneys for the film's armorer.
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Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was the armorer on the movie "Rust" where Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot by a prop gun discharged by Alec Baldwin.According to affidavits that were included in search warrant documents for the film's set at Santa Fe's Bonanza Creek Ranch, the prop gun that Baldwin used was one of three that was "set up" by the film's armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and left on a cart.
"I know that some defense attorneys have come up with conspiracy theories and have used the word 'sabotage,'" Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said during an interview that aired on ABC News' "Good Morning America" Wednesday, adding, "We do not have any proof."
When asked by reporter Kaylee Hartung if she believed "sabotage" was at all a possibility, Carmack-Altwies responded, "No."
Without providing any evidence, lawyers for the movie's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, claimed last week that someone may have put a live bullet into a box of "dummy" rounds on the New Mexico film set to "sabotage" the production.
"We're assuming somebody put the live round in that box, which if you think about that, the person who put the live round in that box of dummy rounds had to have the purpose of sabotaging this set," Gutierrez-Reed's lawyer, Jason Bowles, previously said on the "Today" show.
'Rust' gun supervisor: 'The whole production set became unsafe'
Hannah Gutierrez Reed had been hired for two different roles on the low-budget western, which made focusing on her job as armorer 'extremely difficult,' according to a written statement from the Albuquerque firm Gorence & Oliveros that was shared with The Times. Gutierrez Reed had "no idea where the live rounds came from," her attorneys said. They said that she and the set's prop master had "gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns ... nor would she permit that.
Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set while rehearsing a scene for the indie Western on October 21.
The Colt .45 revolver that Baldwin fired was supposed to be loaded with dummy rounds, but somehow live ammunition had been loaded into the weapon, authorities said.
Carmack-Altwies confirmed during the "Good Morning America" interview that additional live rounds were found on the "Rust" set, but declined to say how many.
"We still don't know how they got on the set and how they got there, I think, will be one of the most important factors going into a charging decision," the district attorney said
Carmack-Altwies added, "It's probably more important to focus on what led up to the shooting because the moment of the shooting, we know that at least Mr. Baldwin had no idea that the gun was loaded, so it's more how did that gun get loaded, what levels of failure happened and were those levels of failure criminal."
'Rust' shooting: Checking Alec Baldwin's gun was not the assistant director's responsibility, attorney says
An attorney representing David Halls, an assistant director on the set of the film "Rust," said it was not Halls' responsibility to confirm whether the gun handed to Alec Baldwin was loaded, despite Halls previously acknowledging to investigators that he should have checked all the rounds before declaring the firearm safe. © From IMDB "Rust" Assistant Director David Halls "He's not responsible for checking it," attorney Lisa Torraco said in an interview on Fox News on Monday. "That's not the assistant director's job.
The district attorney said the "most concerning thing" to her is "that there were so many levels of failures on that set."
Additionally, Carmack-Altwies said that it is believed that the film's assistant director Dave Halls did in fact hand the gun to Baldwin before the fatal shooting - an aspect that Halls' attorney has denied.
"Yes, that does seem to be the case," Carmack-Altwies said when asked if Halls handed Baldwin the firearm.
A previously released affidavit from the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said the gun that Baldwin used was "set up" by Gutierrez-Reed and then given to Halls.
The documents state that Halls had handed Baldwin the gun while inside a church-building on set and yelled "cold gun," which indicated that it did not contain any live rounds before the shooting.
Halls' attorney Lisa Torraco previously disputed that Halls gave Baldwin the gun in an interview with Fox News.
"The idea my client grabbed the gun and handed it to Baldwin absolutely did not happen," Torraco said.
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Daniel Baldwin has spoken out in defense of his brother, Alec Baldwin, who discharged a gun on the set of "Rust," leading to the death of Halyna Hutchins.On October 21, Rust star and producer Alec Baldwin discharged a gun on the New Mexico set, leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injury of writer-director Joel Souza.