As investigations continue into the horrific shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin using a “cold gun,” several news outlets have gathered disturbing information about lapses on the set of “Rust.” Multiple sources told TMZ in an exclusive that the gun that claimed the cinematographer’s life might have been used by some of the crew off the set, when the cameras were off.
The sources told the outlet that the prop gun that fired live ammo instead of a blank, which resulted in the fatal shooting, was reportedly used off the set. Some crew members allegedly used it for target practice, away from the movie set. They reportedly used real bullets and this might have been the reason why a “cold gun” was actually a “hot gun.”
One source, who was on the set as well as was familiar with the ongoing activities on the set of Rust, also said that the police had found out that both live and blank ammunitions had been stored at the same area. This might also explain how live ammo was used in place of blanks as the prop gun had a real bullet.
A Rust production source also described Hannah Gutierrez-Reed as “green and inexperienced.” Two production sources had also mentioned that she had also been involved in another incident in a previous set, when the sources had worked with her.
The two sources told The Daily Beast that filming on a movie where she had previously worked, was stopped temporarily when she reportedly gave a gun that had not been checked properly to a 11-year old cast member.
The search warrant affidavit of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office identified Gutierrez-Reed as the armorer on set, at the time when Baldwin was handed a “cold gun” by assistant director Halls, when it was actually a “hot one.”
As the investigation unfolds, more lapses by the production house are coming to the fore. Although it might be termed as an accident at the end of the investigation, one life has been senselessly and carelessly lost.
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