Alec Baldwin denies pulling the trigger as details emerge in Rust’s deadly shooting
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has released new documents as Baldwin speaks.
Sante Fe, New Mexico – One day later The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office has released new documents that shed more light on the deadly shooting on the set of Rust, a preview of Alec Baldwin’s first interview since the accident has been revealed.
The Sheriff’s Office released new documents Tuesday night investigating further how live ammunition may have been found on the set of the Alec Baldwin western Rust and then loaded into a Colt single-action .45 revolver.
On Wednesday, ABC News said it would air a special “deeply moving” interview with Baldwin on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. EST, which will then air on Hulu.
They released a Overview of the exclusive event, titled Alec Baldwin: Unscripted, which features ABC News’s George Stephanopoulo asking the actor the burning questions that are on everyone’s mind.
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Oddly, a tearful Baldwin replies, “The trigger was not pulled. I did not pull the trigger.”
“No, I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger, ever,” he adds.
The statements appear to contradict previous reports of the incident and new information uncovered earlier this week.
Rust gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez Reed told sheriff investigators she struggled to load the gun on October 21, just hours before Baldwin fired live ammunition that killed the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
Hannah said there was one round that didn’t fit, so after lunch she took the cleaner, cleaned it up and put in another round, bringing the total to six rounds loaded in it. ‘weapon,’ said Sheriff’s Detective Alexandria. Hancock wrote in the affidavit.
Gutierrez Reed’s attorney said the 24-year-old gunsmith failed to realize that none of the bullets were live ammunition. Live bullets are not permitted on film sets.
When questioned by investigators who provided ammunition for the guns, Gutierrez Reed identified arms supplier Seth Kenney, according to the affidavit. Another New Mexico gunsmith, Billy Ray, was also named in the documents as a potential source of “extra rounds” of ammunition that was used during the 12 days of filming.
On Tuesday, a judge authorized a search of Kenney’s PDQ Arm & Prop LLC in Albuquerque. Among the items to be seized were documents relating to Rust, gun cleaning supplies, ammunition containing the Starline Brass logo “for evidence comparison” and any surveillance footage from his store, according to the affidavit.
Kenney told a detective on Oct. 29 that “maybe he knew where the live ammunition was coming from,” adding that a few years ago he received “reloaded ammunition” from a friend.
According to the affidavit, he said the ammunition “got stuck on him, due to the live bullet suspected of having a cartridge with the Starline Brass logo on it.”
Gutierrez Reed’s father Thell Reed, a renowned gun expert in Hollywood films, told a detective on November 15 that he worked on a previous production with Kenney in August or September. He said they trained the actors at a shooting range, the affidavit states.
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Thell Reed said Kenney asked Reed to bring live ammunition “in case they run out of what has been provided,” the affidavit said.
Reed said he brought a “can of ammunition” containing live ammunition of 200 to 300 rounds, including ammunition that was not manufactured at the factory. Reed told investigators Kenney returned to New Mexico with the box that still contained Colt .45 caliber ammunition.
Despite Reed’s attempts to retrieve the ammo box, Kenney told him to “cancel it,” Reed told the detective.
“Thell said that this ammunition could match the ammunition found on the set of ‘Rust’,” the affidavit said.
Tuesday’s search warrant – the fourth that sheriff investigators requested during their investigation into the shooting – was needed to search Kenney’s office in Albuquerque, about 50 miles south of all of Santa Fe de Rust.
The new documents indicated that Kenney was present at the Bonanza Creek Ranch on October 27 during a law enforcement search. Kenney was needed because he had the code for a gun safe in the propeller truck, according to the affidavit.
Kenney was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
A list of production office crews seen by the Los Angeles Times identifies Kenney as the film’s “gunsmith mentor”, but Kenney told The Times he didn’t fill the role and the producers filed him. by mistake.
“Seth Kenney was not the ‘gunsmith’s mentor’ and held no other position or capacity with ‘Rust’ and prior to the tragedy had never been on set or the production office,” according to a statement that Kenney provided to The Times on November 19. His company, “PDQ Arm & Prop, LLC supplied rifles, blanks, and some of the dummy cartridges to” Rust. “In accordance with industry safety standards, PDQ did not supply” Rust “with live ammunition. “.”
During her interviews with investigators, Gutierrez Reed said that after lunch, she and the film’s hostess Sarah Zachry carried the weapons, wrapped in bags that looked like “socks,” on the set to use that afternoon during filming.
Gutierrez Reed said that although the guns were checked on set, “she didn’t really check. [the firearm] too “because it had been locked in a safe during lunch. After doing a quick check, according to the affidavit,” she did the last lap. “
Audiences are now eagerly awaiting Baldwin’s version to air Thursday night.
“I’ve done thousands of interviews over the past 20 years at ABC,” Stephanopoulos said Wednesday on Good Morning America. “It was the most intense I have ever experienced. So raw. As you can imagine, he’s devastated.”