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A terrible tragedy occurred in October New Mexico on the set of “Rust” – the operator Galina Gutchyn died after shooting that actor Alec Baldwin held a discharge, and the projectile was fatally hit by a rising star.
The investigation is still ongoing, lawsuits are on the rise and unanswered questions, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altvis expressed.
In an interview with Fair of Vanitydescribing the tragic incident as a “cascade of events”, with each incident contributing to the moment it claimed [Hutchins’s] of life, ”Carmack-Altvis“ already sees that Hutchins ’death was caused not by a single action but by many failures and mistakes”.
Here’s a look at these factors, reports Vanity Fair, which notes that the former public defender has yet to file charges and “won’t know for a few more months when she will”.
1. Hiring gunsmiths
Veteran props director Neil W. Zaromski explained in detail why he refused the opportunity to work on the film. “Rust“When he found” warning signs “before filming. Among the alleged reasons, according to Vanity Fair:” the production launched it, “” they were in a hurry, “and there were two props aides, but there was no separate defender who described Zaromsky as a” violator of agreements. ” “.
“It was a violator of the deal when they wanted to squeeze the responsibilities of these two positions,” he said.
The gunsmith’s work eventually went to Hana Gutierrez-Reed, who has since repeated Zaromsky’s claims, claiming she played a second role as assistant prop master.
2. Sabotage on the set?
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Carmack-Altvis told the publication that regarding allegations of sabotage – and that some despised crew members allegedly exchanged genuine bullets for props for leisurely target training during downtime – she said that “nothing has been done yet heard it really happened. “
“The notion that there is sabotage – I mean, at the moment there is not an iota of evidence,” – added Carmack-Altvis.
Meanwhile, Carmack-Altweiss “hopes the upcoming FBI lab report on these materials will help address the custody chain,” Vanity Fair says.
This was reported earlier Gutierrez Reed sued Seth Kenny, the man who provided the ammunition used by the production team. Gutierrez Reed’s lawsuit accuses Kenny’s prop company, PDQ Arm & Prop, of providing sets of mannequins and live ammunition, creating a “dangerous condition.”
In a separate lawsuit involving a medic on set, who also delved into Kenny’s recent origins, it was alleged that he and Gutierrez’s father Reed Tel Reed recently worked together on the film. The lawsuit alleges that Tell provided Kenny with “reloaded ammunition” or “ammunition created using empty shell casings.”
According to documents, Tel demanded that Kenny return the ammunition, but Kenny “retained possession” of the ammunition.
Kenny, meanwhile, told authorities he received “reloaded munitions” that had a logo that matched the fictitious and empty munitions he provided for the films, but later denied that a live round on the set of “Rust” could have come from his props company.
“It’s unlikely they came from PDQ or from me personally,” Kenny told ABC News earlier.
Vanity Fair also noted that Sarah Zacri, the lead props master, told investigators that, in her opinion, “the ammunition for ‘Rust’ came from a variety of sources.” These sources, according to the publication, included Kenny, Gitres Reed and another man known as “Billy Ray”.
3. A bullet is loaded into a pistol
According to Vanity Fair, Gutierrez Reed “was responsible for preparing the ancient Colt. 45 “, and” there is almost no dispute about it. ” However, the publication says Gutierrez Reed’s lawyer “insists she was a conscientious worker” who was “oppressed by the demands and chaos of a poorly run group”.
Attorney Per Gutierrez-Reed returned to the truck safe in the afternoon to pick up a firearm and “fix this empty sixth slot,” but at the same time, “he says she was urgently called on the radio,” Vanity writes Fair.
“She thought he was knocking, but at the same time people were shouting in her earphone, ‘Take the gun, get the gun.’ But she thought it exploded, “her lawyer, Jason Bowles, told the publication.
Bowles also cited examples of Gutierrez Reed receiving “mixed messages” from production, Vanity Fair writes, and shared cases where she was praised for her work, once directed by Joel Souza, who was injured in the incident.
“It wasn’t that she was inexperienced. The fact is that in the production she did two different jobs,” Bowles said.
4. Security checks
When it came to who handed over the firearms to Baldwin, Gutierrez Reed and assistant director Dave Halls have different accounts. “Her lawyers say she handed over her weapon to Hall and left the church,” the agency said, while Lisa Taraka, representing Hols, said the gunman herself had “handed over the weapon directly” to Baldwin.
“He was not distracted, he was not coerced and he did not lose sight of anything,” Taraka told Vanity Fair. “He did his job the way he was told and taught to do his job. He relied on other people to do their job because they are also professionals.”
After the incident, Hols’ former colleagues complained about his work, as did Gutierrez Reed.
5. The gun is discharged
Baldwin, who also acted as a producer in the film, said in a sit-down interview in December 2021 that he did not pull the trigger.
Carmack-Altvis said Baldwin’s toughness that he didn’t fire his weapon came as a surprise to her when she watched the interview.
“I didn’t know too much about guns, certainly not about the 1850s revolvers. So when I first heard that, I thought, “Oh, that’s crazy,” she told Vanity Fair.
Because Baldwin claimed he had just pulled a hammer from an old revolver, Carmack-Altvis said she suggested one of her investigators bring to the office her revolver of the era for an accelerated course in firearms education and testing.
“One of the investigators in my office happened to have a very old type revolver, so he brought it at my request so we could look at it and see if it’s possible,” she told the paper, adding that the room had been cleaned and two independent inspectors inspected the weapon – one who put the piece, and the other made sure it was empty.
“Then they visually showed me that you can pull the hammer away without pressing the trigger and not actually blocking it,” Carmack-Altvis explained. “So you pull it back, it doesn’t lock, and then when you release it, the drummer can hit the bullet capsule.”
According to Vanity Fair, “what the district attorney does with this information will become clearer over the course of the year.”
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said it was waiting for results from the FBI that would shed light on how the gun could have been fired, whether it was just a distraction hammer – hitting the drummer – just a trigger pull or both.
Julius Young and Lorin Overhultz of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.