Ammunition supplier “created a perfect storm” for Alec Baldwin’s deadly “Rust” shooting, says lawsuit

The armor for the movie “Rust” has sued the man who supplied the ammunition and weapons for the movie, accusing him and his company of providing a combination of dummy and live rounds. Alec Baldwin shot the film’s cinematographer deadly as it was made.

Lawyers representing Hannah Gutierrez Reed filed the lawsuit in New Mexico on Wednesday, where the shooting took place.

The lawsuit alleges that Seth Kenney and his company, PDQ Arm & Prop, “handed out boxes of ammunition that pretended to contain dummy cartridges, but which contained a mixture of dummy and live ammunition for ‘Rust’ production.”

“Hannah and the entire Rust film crew relied on the defendants’ misrepresentation that they were only supplying dummy ammunition,” the case states. “By doing so, the defendants created a dangerous condition on the film set, without Hannah Gutierrez Reed knowing it, causing a predictable risk of injury to several people.”

On October 21, 2021, cinematographer Halyna Hutchens was shot and killed, and director Joel Souza was wounded when a gun used by Alec Baldwin, who co-produced and starred in the film, was released. Baldwin has claimed he did not pull the trigger, but it did the gun fired when he pulled back the hammer and released it.

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A musician plays on a violin behind a photograph by film photographer Halyna Hutchins during a guard in honor of her in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 23, 2021. Hutchins was fatally shot two days earlier during the production of the film “Rust” in Santa Fe , New Mexico.

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The case alleges that Kenney had worked on another film shortly before “Rust” began production, in which he and Gutierrez Reed’s father, Thell Reed – himself a veteran armored master – took actors to a shooting range to practice live rounds. Kenney then took the remaining live rounds, which included “reloaded ‘live’ rounds” with the logo of a company called Starline Brass, from that training session back with him, according to the suit.

“Starline Brass is a company that produces ammunition-brass holsters that can be made into dummy, glossy or sharp ammunition by anyone with the knowledge and equipment to do so,” reads the suit. “The company does not make live rounds itself. Anyone with access to the dummy rounds could convert them to live rounds with the right reloading equipment.”

According to Varietyin an attempt to explain how live rounds could be mixed in with dummy rounds, Kenney had previously told investigators that several years earlier he had been “reloaded ammunition” that had the same Starline Brass logo.

“[Kenney] described how the company only sells components of ammunition, and not sharp ammunition, and therefore it should be a recharged round, “the investigators wrote in a search warrant according to Variety.

In an interview with “Good morning America“Kenney emphatically denied that the sharp ammunition came from him.

In addition to accusing Kenney and PDQ Arm & Prop of delivering incorrectly marked live rounds, Gutierrez Reed claims in her case that she was not told that Baldwin practiced with the gun prior to the fatal shooting and that the tragedy could have been avoided if she had been informed and attended the test.

According to the case, Gutierrez Reed was not present because she also handled the job as key props. The lawsuit alleges that the church where the exercise took place was crowded, despite the set COVID-19 protocols.

told Hannah [assistant director Dave] Halls to let her know if Baldwin came back so she could come back into the church and re-inspect the weapon and give it to Baldwin herself, as she had done every time before on the set, “it says in the suit., It happened does not.

“If Hannah had been called in again, she would have inspected the weapon again, and each round again, and instructed Baldwin on safe weapon practice with the cross-section, as was her standard practice.”

It has a lawyer representing Gutierrez Reed previously claimed “This was sabotage and Hannah gets hit.”

The shooting is still under investigation.

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