A new search warrant released on Tuesday, Nov. 30, conveyed the potential origin of the live ammo that leaked into the “Rust” set and ended in a tragic shooting as movie star Alec Baldwin rehearsed with a prop weapon.
According to the affidavit, Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, the father of Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the head armorer of the production, told investigators that the ammunition found on the set of Rust may have been his, ABC News reported.
“This ammunition was not factory made rounds,” Reed said.
“Rust” was supplied with guns, dummy rounds, and blanks from a factory known as Starline Brass through a prop house in Albuquerque, New Mexico, owned by Seth Kenney. The facility is named PDQ Arm and Prop LLC.
But between August and September, Kenney had worked with Mr. Reed on another production. According to the armorer, Kenney asked him to bring live rounds to an actors weapons range training session “in case they ran out of what was supplied.”
At Kenney’s request, Mr. Reed brought an ammo can of 200 to 300 live bullets to the site. But as the project wrapped up, he could not retrieve the can, as Kenney told him to “write it off.”
Kenny’s attorney, Adam Engelskirchen, contrasted Reed’s recounts.
“Neither Mr. Kenney nor PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC provided live ammunition to the Rust production,” Engelskirchen told ABC News. “Reports in other media outlets that Mr. Kenney was part of the crew of Rust or was employed by the production to provide any sort of supervisory services are patently false.”
The authorities are still working on the tragic gun discharge event that occurred on Oct. 21. On the movie set of the “Rust,” production actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded the film’s director, Joel Souza, as he rehearsed with a prop gun.
The firearm was left outside the building by Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. Assistant director Dave Halls later took it, handed it to Baldwin, and told the actor that it was safe to discharge without checking.