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‘Careless’ armorer,24,on rust set halted last movie filming after ‘giving gun to child’

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THE ARMORER who handled the ‘loaded gun’ on the Alec Baldwin Rust set had previously handed a gun to a child while working on another movie, reports claim

Crew member Halyna Hutchins, 42, died from her injuries while director Joel Souza was injured when a prop gun thought to have been ‘laid out’ by the armorer misfired.

Production sources have claimed that armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was 'inexperienced'
Production sources have claimed that armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was ‘inexperienced’Credit: Twitter
They insisted that she should have checked the weapons were safe before handing it to Alec Baldwin
They insisted that she should have checked the weapons were safe before handing it to Alec BaldwinCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Two production sources have since revealed that filming onset of her last movie was briefly stopped after she allegedly gave a gun to an 11-year-old without checking it properly.

One source told The Daily Beast: “She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again,”

The source, who worked alongside Hannah Gutierrez-Reed on the upcoming Nicolas Cage film, The Old Way, continued: “There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.”

The armorer was described as being “inexperienced and green” by a Rust production source.

They explained that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being unsafely discharged by other crew members before the tragic incident on Thursday.

They insisted that she should have checked the weapons were safe before handing it to Baldwin.

Speaking on Voice of the West podcast last month, she discussed working on The Old Way.

She said: “It was a really bada** way to start off a really long and cool career, I’m hoping. I just finished up working on The Old Way with Nicolas Cage, his very first Western.

“It was also my first time being head armorer as well. You know, I was really nervous about it at first, and I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but, doing it, like, it went really smoothly.”

Speaking about her dad, who helped to train her up, she continued: “He took me from being completely green and taught me everything I know so far and by all means, I am still learning.

“Dad has taught me everything but a lot of things I just kind of caught on by myself through observation, watching him do things or just knowing how the firearms work.

“I think loading blanks was the scariest thing to me because I was like “oh I don’t know anything about it.”

TRAGIC ACCIDENT

The gun Baldwin fired in the fatal shooting on the Rust movie set was handed to the actor loaded with a live round, according to a warrant from the ongoing police investigation.

The warrant says that an assistant director handed the gun to the actor and told him that it was “cold” before he fired it, fatally striking cinematographer Halyna and injuring director Joel on Thursday.

The warrant, obtained by the Associated Press, also says that the assistant director was not aware that the gun was loaded.

The gun that was fired was one of three laid on a cart by the film’s armorer, Gutierrez-Reed.

Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart, believing it was unloaded, and brought it inside to Alec, who was filming a scene, the warrant says.

It’s not clear at this time how many rounds were fired.

‘MY HEART IS BROKEN’

Baldwin broke his silence yesterday after accidentally shooting a cinematographer dead on set.

In a statement, Alec said: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.

“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.

“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Baldwin was quizzed by cops following the accident and was snapped sobbing outside a local police station in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to local media reports.

One picture shows him distressed while chatting on the phone while another snapped him close to the curb with his hands on his knees.

The accident happened at around 1.50pm local time on Thursday.

In a statement first given to The Sun, Santa Fe County Sheriff Juan Rios revealed: “The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust.

“Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 63, producer, and actor.”

Hannah had said almost didn't take the job because she wasn't sure if she was "ready" for it
Hannah had said almost didn’t take the job because she wasn’t sure if she was “ready” for itCredit: Twitter
Director of photography Halyna Hutchins was killed
Director of photography Halyna Hutchins was killedCredit: Reuters

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