Filming a rusty set: the bullet that killed the cinematographer may have been home-made

Alec Baldwin fired what he thought was a ‘cold gun’ and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza on the set of the movie Rust in October

The shot that killed the cinematographer on Rust set may have been a homemade bullet

The bullet that was fired by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust may have been homemade, according to court documents.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot by the actor in late October while filming the movie Western.

Director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident in which Alec fired a gun he thought was ‘cold’, meaning he didn’t think it contained live ammunition .

In court documents filed Tuesday, the potentially homemade bullet is said to have been provided by a New Mexico gunsmith from a previous film where the ammunition was used to train actors on a shooting range.

According to an affidavit filed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, detectives are investigating whether Seth Kenny, a 51-year-old Hollywood veteran who was supposed to supply the film with dummy bullets and blanks, might have given bullets recycled from another film set. .

Criminal charges have not yet been filed.

Alec accidentally shot Halyna


Alec Baldwin/Instagram)

The cinematographer was 42 years old


Halyna Hutchins/Instagram)

As the Los Angeles Times writes, permission has been granted to search the Hollywood veteran’s CEO Arm & Prop, LLC to see if the bullet matches what he has in stock.

Ammunition for the Western indie was purchased from “various sources,” Rust rookie gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed told investigators.

His father, Thell Reed – who is also a Hollywood weapons expert – told authorities earlier this month that he worked with Kenney on a film this summer and provided training for actors at a shooting range. .

The affidavit also stated that Reed said Kenney told him to bring real .45 caliber Colt ammunition in case they ran out of dummy rounds.

According to Kenney’s instructions, the weapons expert brought an “ammo box” with 200-300 rounds and some of them were not factory-made.

Gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed

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Afterwards, Kenny returned to New Mexico with the ammo even though Reed tried to return it to him. Kenney told him to “cancel it,” Reed told the detective.

There is no further information as to why he may have told her to “cancel it”.

“Thell stated that this ammunition could match the ammunition found on the ‘Rust’ set,” the affidavit reads.

Following the tragedy, Baldwin said police should be present on sets that use weapons.

Tweeting from his Twitter account, the Hollywood star wrote, “Every movie/TV set that uses firearms, fake or not, should have a police officer on set, hired by the production, to specifically monitor gun safety. .”

He then shared the comment on his Instagram account which has 2.4 million followers.

Normally, it is the job of a set prop or gunsmith to provide firearm safety on a movie or television set.

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