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Alec Baldwin shot: ‘Rust’ gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez says she doesn’t know how live ammunition got on set, lawyers say

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Alec Baldwin shot: ‘Rust’ gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez says she doesn’t know how live ammunition got on set, lawyers say

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Hannah Gutierrez Reed was responding to “untruths that have been told to the media,” a statement released Thursday night by her lawyers to NBC News said.

“Safety is Hannah’s number one priority on set,” the statement from attorneys Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence read. “In the end, this set would never have been compromised if the live ammunition had not been introduced. Hannah has no idea where the live ammunition comes from.”

CNN reached out to attorneys for Gutierrez Reed and the production office for “Rust” on Friday morning for comment.

Two crew members for Nicolas Cage’s upcoming film “The Old Way,” which Gutierrez Reed acknowledged in a podcast as his first film experience as chief gunsmith, told CNN they believe she had been reckless in this project.

But on “Rust,” the guns were locked away every night and at lunch, and Gutierrez Reed had no idea how the live tour that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza happened, lawyers for Gutierrez Reed said in their statement. .

“Hannah and the props master took control of the guns and she never saw anyone shoot live ammunition with those guns and that wouldn’t be allowed,” the statement said, according to NBC.

The investigation into the fatal “Rust” incident is large and complex, Santa Fe County Prosecutor Mary Carmack-Altwies told CNN this week and no reports of anyone firing live ammunition with guns. fire has not been confirmed. No one has been charged in this case.

“We don’t know how these live bullets got there,” the state prosecutor said on Wednesday. “And I think that will probably end up being sort of a pivotal point in whether a decision is made regarding the charges.”

Lawyers for Gutierrez Reed also blame the production for the security breaches, saying Gutierrez Reed was hired to do two jobs on the film and couldn’t focus strictly on her gunsmith duties.

“She fought for training, days to maintain guns and time to prepare for gunfire, but was ultimately canceled by production and her department,” the statement said.

An inventory list released Friday morning from a search warrant conducted on a propeller truck on the set of “Rust” in New Mexico indicates that a replica firearm, 12 revolvers, a rifle, ammunition and photographs were seized. The listing also includes an empty spent cartridge and an empty ammo box.

The search warrant was executed on Wednesday, according to the document.

A law enforcement official close to the investigation told CNN that investigators were unsure whether the ammunition included live ammunition.

The official said the ammunition was being sent to the FBI for analysis.

Investigators have yet to receive any indication from Gutierrez Reed’s lawyers that she would accept a follow-up interview, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. Since hiring a lawyer, detectives have been contacting her lawyers, the source said.

The source also noted that investigators have been in direct contact with Baldwin, who voluntarily spoke with detectives when they called him with follow-up questions.

This story has been updated to clarify Gutierrez Reed’s work on “The Old Way” was his first film as Chief Gunsmith. It has also been updated to reflect his full last name, according to his lawyers.

Josh Campbell, Sara Weisfeldt and Kay Jones contributed to this report.

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