A movie set shooting could have been motivated by profit, a lawyer said on Nov. 3.
Attorney Jason Bowles is investigating whether live ammunition was deliberately loaded into a prop gun at the “Rust” film set in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“We are afraid that could have been what happened here that somebody intended to sabotage this set with a live round intentionally placed in a box of dummies,” he said in a video shared on YouTube.
“We are not saying anybody had any intent there was going to be a tragedy of homicide,” he can be heard saying. “They wanted to do something to cause a safety incident on set. That is what we believe happened.”
Hannah Gutierrez Reed was in charge of overseeing prop firearms in the production. The attorney, who is advising the 24 year-old, maintains his client did not forget to check the rounds.
“She then showed that firearm to Mr. [Dave] Halls, assistant director,” Bowles said. “She spun the cylinder, showed him each of the rounds in that firearm, and then she gave the firearm to Mr. Halls.”
The attorney blames Halls for failing to check the weapon himself before handing it to actor Alec Baldwin. As a result, Baldwin accidentally discharged the weapon at the camera while rehearsing a gunfight scene. The shot killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on Oct. 21.
“Hannah kept guns locked up, including throughout lunch on the day in question, and she instructed her department to watch the cart containing the guns when she was pulled away for her other duties or on a lunch break,” Bowles said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press.
Police investigations are continuing.