Recycled ammunition may have been on ‘Rust’ film set in the middle of a fatal shooting: documents – National

Authorities investigating the fatal shooting of the “Rust” movie last month are investigating whether recycled sharp ammunition may have found its way to a dummy bullet store on the set in New Mexico, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The documents include a search warrant at the premises of a local supplier of ammunition and film props.

The supplier told police he suspected the live bullets found on the set may have been “recharged ammunition” he previously received from a friend. Reloaded ammunition consists of recycled components, including bullets.

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Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was wounded when a gun, which actress Alec Baldwin had been told was safely fired from a live bullet during a rehearsal on October 21st.

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The key question is still how a live bullet, rather than a blank one, ended up in the gun. Other live rounds were also found on the set, investigators have said.

No charges have been filed for the crime.

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The recently released documents said the Santa Fe sheriff’s deputy had spoken to Seth Kenny, who supplied some of the ammunition to “Rust” and who “advised him to know where the live rounds came from.”

“Seth described how a few years ago he received ‘reloaded ammunition’ from a friend,” the document said.

Kenny’s office and storage room in Albuquerque were the subject of a search warrant. Kenny could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The sheriff’s deputies said they had also spoken to Thell Reed, father of Hannah Gutierrez, the woman in charge of weapons on the film set.

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Thell, who is also a film armor, told them that earlier this year he was working with Kenny on another film and supplying some extra sharp ammunition for training on a firearms range.

Thell said some of the sharp ammunition from that movie was back and remained in Kenny’s possession. “Thell said this ammunition may match the ammunition found on the ‘Rust’ set.”

Two crew members have filed civil lawsuits over the fatal shooting, alleging negligence on the part of producers and others.

Baldwin has said he is crushed and is cooperating with the police investigation. The production company Rust Movie Productions is conducting its own investigation.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Peter Cooney)


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