- The film’s chief gunsmith “Rust” was a “bit reckless” with guns, production sources told The Daily Beast.
- On the set of his latest project, the chief gunsmith allegedly gave a gun to a child actress without checking it properly.
- The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the accidental shooting that killed Halyna Hutchins.
The chief gunsmith of Alec Baldwin’s movie “Rust” was a “bit reckless” with guns and, according to The Daily Beast, once gave a child actress a gun without checking it carefully.
Two production sources who worked alongside Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on ‘The Old Way,’ starring Clint Howard and Nicolas Cage, said filming had to stop briefly after an incident with child actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong.
The Daily Beast reported that Gutierrez-Reed, the gunsmith on set when Baldwin unloaded a propeller pistol that fatally struck cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, loaded a gun on the ground in a crowded area of pebbles. Then, according to the media outlet, she handed it to the 11-year-old girl without adequately checking the obstruction of the barrel.
Two sources said crew members stepped in and requested a break from filming until Gutierrez-Reed had properly checked the gun.
“She reloaded the gun on the ground, where there were rocks and stuff. We didn’t see her check it out. We weren’t sure if something went into the canon or not, ”a source said, according to The Daily Beast.
A source suggested to the outlet that “she was a little careless with the guns, waving them every now and then,” they told the Daily Beast. “There were a few times she would charge the whites and do it in a way that we thought was dangerous. “As Insider previously reported, Gutierrez-Reed said last month that she was concerned about her level of experience. The 24-year-old told a podcast that she almost didn’t accept her job on “The Old Way,” her first job as a chief gunsmith because she wasn’t sure she was. “Ready” for it.
Gutierrez-Reed was unavailable for comment.
On the set of “Rust,” his second film as a gun handler, reports said crew members had safety concerns before the incident that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
Some crew members pointed to accidental gun discharges that occurred the weekend before the fatal shooting, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The New Mexico Office of Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the accidental shooting and may impose civil penalties, according to Deadline.