Gunsmith Charges Ammo Supplier in Deadly “Rust” Shooting

A new trial accuses an ammunition supplier of creating unsafe conditions on a film set where a gun owned by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, including live ammunition in a box that was supposed to contain only dummy bullets

SANTA FE, NM – A new trial on Wednesday accused an ammunition supplier of creating unsafe conditions on a film set where a gun owned by actor Alec Baldwin killed a cinematographer, including live bullets in a box that was supposed to contain only dummy bullets.

The lawsuit was filed in New Mexico State District Court by Hannah Gutierrez Reed, the gunsmith who oversaw firearms, ammunition and related training on the set of “Rust” with two colleagues . Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died Oct. 21 of a gunshot wound during a rehearsal for “Rust” at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe, in northern New Mexico.

Gutierrez Reed’s lawsuit blames ammunition supplier Seth Kenney and his company PDQ Arm & Prop for bringing live cartridges to the set where only blanks and mannequins were supposed to be present.

“The introduction of live rounds on the set, which no one had anticipated, combined with the rushed and chaotic atmosphere, created a perfect storm for a security incident,” the lawsuit said.

Kenney could not be reached for comment. He has previously stated that he was sure his company did not send any live bullets on the set of “Rust”.

The lawsuit adds new details to the chain of custody of firearms and ammunition on the set of “Rust” on October 21, describing the appearance of a new box of ammunition – presumed to be harmless dummy bullets without explosives – shortly before a revolver was loaded and passed to Baldwin.

Baldwin said he was unaware the gun he was holding contained a live bullet when it exploded while pointed at Hutchins. Investigators are trying to find where the bullet came from live, searching the Albuquerque premises of PDQ Arm & Prop in December.

The new trial seeks damages in a jury trial over allegations of unfair trade practices, introduction of unsafe products, false labels and misrepresentation.

He indicates that the authorities found on the set “a suspect of seven live bullets distributed inside the ammunition box, on the ammunition cart and in the cartridge belts”.

The lawsuit also accuses Kenney of getting involved in the investigations and of trying to implicate Gutierrez Reed.

Authorities recovered hundreds of cartridges from the set of “Rust” – a mixture of blanks, dummy bullets and what appeared to be live bullets.

Authorities issued a search warrant for Baldwin’s phone, searching for text messages, pictures, videos, calls or any other information related to the film.