Rusty shot: Live ammunition could have been recycled
LOS ANGELES – Authorities investigating last month’s fatal shooting in the movie “Rust” are investigating whether recycled live ammunition could have been placed in a fake ammunition depot on set in New Mexico. , according to court documents released Tuesday.
The documents included 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 salvos were coming directly from the source.” where.”
“Seth described how a few years ago he received ‘reloaded ammo’ 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 says this ammunition can match the ammunition found on the ‘Rust.’ set”
Two crew members filed a civil lawsuit over the fatal shooting, accusing the producer and others of negligence.
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)