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Rust director looks distraught as he is seen for the first time since fatal set shooting

The director of the film Rust has been seen for the first time since his release from hospital following the fatal shooting of his camerawoman, Halyna Hutchins.

Joel Souza, 48, looked distraught as he sat in a car in Palo Alto, California with a female companion.

Souza, who was shot in the shoulder in Thursday’s tragedy, was released from the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe on Friday.

On Tuesday he was seen near his San Francisco home, holding his head in his hands in the passenger seat ahead of a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, at which more details of the accident will be revealed.

Joel Souza, 48, was seen on Tuesday near his San Francisco home with his head in his hands. The California-born director of Rust was shot in the shoulder on Thursday in a shooting that killed camerawoman Halyna Hutchins, 42

Souza was in the passenger seat of the car in Palo Alto, with an unnamed woman, on Tuesday

Souza was in the passenger seat of the car in Palo Alto, with an unnamed woman, on Tuesday

He was seen on Tuesday frequently rubbing his eyes, visibly upset. On Wednesday a press conference will be held to discuss the latest findings from the investigation

He was seen on Tuesday frequently rubbing his eyes, visibly upset. On Wednesday a press conference will be held to discuss the latest findings from the investigation

Souza was released from hospital on Friday, a day after the shooting on the set of the Western film

Souza was released from hospital on Friday, a day after the shooting on the set of the Western film

The director was seen wearing a face mask on Tuesday, putting it to wear outside the vehicle

The director was seen wearing a face mask on Tuesday, putting it to wear outside the vehicle

Hutchins, 42, died of her injuries when Alec Baldwin, star of the Western film, shot her dead in rehearsals. He had been told that it was a ‘cold gun’ – one which did not have live rounds.

Souza, the director of Rust, is seen in November 2019 at the New York screening of his film Crown Vic

Souza, the director of Rust, is seen in November 2019 at the New York screening of his film Crown Vic

Souza told investigators with Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office that he heard ‘what sounded like a whip and then a loud pop.’ 

He noticed Hutchins grabbing her midsection as she stumbled backward. 

She ‘was assisted to the ground’ by other crew members and Reid Russell, a camera operator, recalled Hutchins saying she could not feel her legs. 

Souza on Saturday issued a statement, saying: ‘I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. 

‘She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch and always pushed me to be better. My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time.

‘I am humbled and grateful by the outpouring of affection we have received from our filmmaking community, the people of Santa Fe, and the hundreds of strangers who have reached out….. It will surely aid in my recovery.’

On Wednesday Mary Carmack-Altwies, the District Attorney for the First Judicial district, will provide further information, alongside Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza.

Significant questions remain as to how live ammunition was allowed onto the set, and how Baldwin was mistakenly given a ‘hot’ gun. 

‘We haven’t ruled out anything,’ said Carmack-Altwies, speaking on Tuesday to The New York Times about possible charges. 

‘Everything at this point, including criminal charges, is on the table.’

Carmack-Altwies told the paper that the investigation was focusing on ballistics in an effort to determine what kind of round was in the gun that killed Hutchins.

‘There were an enormous amount of bullets on this set, and we need to find out what kinds they were,’ said Carmack-Altwies. 

Detectives said that they recovered three revolvers, spent casings and ammunition — in boxes, loose and in a fanny pack.

Carmack-Altwies took issue with descriptions of the firearm used in the incident as ‘prop-gun,’ saying that the terminology, which is used in some of the court documents related to the case, could give the misleading impression that it was not a real gun.

‘It was a legit gun,’ she said.

‘It was an antique-era appropriate gun.’ 

Sources told TMZ on Saturday that the gun had been used by the crew off-set for target practice – an allegation that, if confirmed, will raise serious questions about the protocols on set. 

According to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court, the gun given to Baldwin was one of three that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, had set on a cart outside the wooden structure where a scene was being acted. 

Armorer Hannah Gutierrez, 24, is the daughter of legendary armorer and firearms consultant Thell Reed, who trained her from a young age

Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds

A search warrant released Friday said that armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed (left) laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and assistant director Dave Halls (right) grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin

An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where the movie was being filmed

An aerial view of the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, where the movie was being filmed

 

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base 'surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines', Halyna, 42, had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career

An inconsolable Alec Baldwin is shown outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office after accidentally shooting and killing the cinematographer on Thursday

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot with a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the movie set in New Mexico on Thursday 

Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to police when they arrived, the court records say. 

Baldwin, 63, has spoken of his devastation at the accident. He has been seen comforting Hutchins's husband and son

Baldwin, 63, has spoken of his devastation at the accident. He has been seen comforting Hutchins’s husband and son

Gutierrez, 24, appeared on the ‘Voices of the West’ podcast last month where she admitted she was initially reluctant about her abilities.  

‘I just finished up working on ‘The Old Way’ with Nicolas Cage, his very first Western,’ she told the podcast. 

‘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, it went really smoothly.’

Her father, Thell Reed, is also a well-known Hollywood armorer. 

Yet on Tuesday, The Wrap reported that there were multiple complaints made about her after she discharged weapons without warning and infuriated Cage.  

Stu Brumbaugh, who served as key grip on the film said that Gutierrez failed to follow basic gun safety protocols like announcing the arrival and usage of weapons onto the set.

After firing a gun near the cast and crew for a second time in three days without warning, Brumbaugh said that Cage yelled at her: ‘Make an announcement, you just blew my f****** eardrums out!’

Cage then stormed off set. 

‘I told the AD, ‘She needs to be let go,’ said Brumbaugh. 

‘After the second round I was pissed off. We were moving too fast. She’s a rookie.’

Production of the film has stopped now in light of the tragedy. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department is investigating and 'collecting evidence', a spokesman said on Friday

Production of the film has stopped now in light of the tragedy. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department is investigating and ‘collecting evidence’, a spokesman said on Friday 

Baldwin and Hutchins (circled) are pictured together on the set of Rust, in an image that she uploaded to Instagram two days before the fatal shooting

Baldwin and Hutchins (circled) are pictured together on the set of Rust, in an image that she uploaded to Instagram two days before the fatal shooting

Brumbaugh also claimed that she tucked pistols under her armpits and carried rifles in each hand, and aimed firearms at people.

Gutierrez has not commented, and has deleted her social media profiles.

She was seen on Monday outside her home in Arizona, deep in conversation. 

On Tuesday her landlady at the rundown property she lives in in Bullhead City, Arizona, told Fox News that she wanted her out of the house. 

‘I remember her because she had blonde hair then,’ a neighbor told Fox. 

‘She shared the place with other youngsters. They were coming and going all the time and the place is a wreck. I can’t imagine what it’s like inside.’  

Alec Baldwin is seen on the set of Rust with fake blood earlier Thursday, hours before he shot and killed the film's cinematographer. He shared this photo on Instagram with the caption "Back to in person at the office. Blimey…it’s exhausting." Filming was halted following the fatal incident at the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set in Santa Fe

Baldwin is seen in costume, covered with fake blood, in an image posted to Instagram 

The Bonanza Creek ranch in New Mexico, outside of Santa Fe, is seen during filming of Rust. Baldwin is believed to have shot and killed Hutchins inside this church

The Bonanza Creek ranch in New Mexico, outside of Santa Fe, is seen during filming of Rust. Baldwin is believed to have shot and killed Hutchins inside this church

Hutchins, born in Ukraine, was fondly remembered by those who worked with her on the set of Rust

Hutchins, born in Ukraine, was fondly remembered by those who worked with her on the set of Rust

ALEC BALDWIN ON-SET TRAGEDY: WHAT COULD HAVE GONE WRONG? 

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate what exactly happened on the set that led to the death of Hutchins and the injury of the director, but past accidents involving guns on movie sets present a range of options for what could have led to the tragedy. 

Squib load – something was lodged in the barrel of the gun when Baldwin fired

One possibility is that an object was stuck in the barrel of the prop gun that Baldwin was using. Known as a squib load, it happens when a cartridge isn’t fired from the barrel because the gas isn’t strong enough to push it out. 

In itself, it is not dangerous and can be fixed if the gun is safely cleared but if someone keeps firing rounds from that same gun – live or not – it can be highly dangerous. 

If a second round is fired behind the stuck round, it can cause the weapon to explode, or injure people in the near vicinity. 

A real bullet was accidentally loaded, or part of one was, instead of a blank 

After firing the gun, Baldwin’s immediate reaction was to ask why he’d been handed a ‘hot’ gun – meaning one containing live bullets. 

That is what happened in the 1993 shooting of actor Brandon Bruce Lee on the set of The Crow. 

Those on set thought the gun was loaded with blanks, but an autopsy revealed a .44 caliber bullet was lodged near Lee’s spine. 

Police recovered dummy shell casings from the set. 

A dummy, unlike a blank, looks like a live round with a bullet at the tip of the cartridge. 

The difference between live rounds and blanks is the tip of the cartridge where the lethal bullet is contained is not there on a blank. Sometimes they are replaced with cotton or paper. Dummy bullets, unlike blanks, look like ordinary bullets but aren't meant to contain the metal bullet tip either

The difference between live rounds and blanks is the tip of the cartridge where the lethal bullet is contained is not there on a blank. Sometimes they are replaced with cotton or paper. Dummy bullets, unlike blanks, look like ordinary bullets but aren’t meant to contain the metal bullet tip either 

Blast from the blank struck something else on set

One possibility, though it is not likely, is that the blank hit something else, damaged it, and caused that prop or piece of equipment to send pieces flying towards the director and Hutchins. 

Rhys Muldoon who has used guns on set many times and says even blanks are dangerous, speculated at that possibility, telling the BBC: ‘The first thought I had is this is a close up of a gun being fired by the actor, very close to the frame of the camera, that has misfired, hit the DoP, and then something has either come off the French Flag or the black box like a part of the camera and hit the director as well.’ 

But movie experts say even in those cases, there should be more safeguards in place. 

‘If you are in the line of fire… You would have a face mask, you would have goggles, you would stand behind a Perspex screen, and you would minimize the number of people by the camera. 

‘What I don’t understand in this instance is how two people have been injured, one tragically killed, in the same event,’ Steven Hall, who has worked on films such as Fury and The Imitation Game, told BBC.  

Questions were also being asked about the actions of the assistant direction. 

Audio of the 911 call, released on Friday, showed the script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, summoning help and blaming the film’s assistant director.

While the phone operator is inputting the details, Mitchell can be heard telling someone else: ‘OK, this f****** AD that yelled at me at lunch asking about revisions, this motherf*****.

‘Did you see him lean over my desk and yell at me? He’s supposed to check the guns. He’s responsible for what happened.’ 

A detective, in his warrant application, wrote that assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds.

It is not known whether Mitchell was referring Halls in the audio.    

Ray Liotta, star of Goodfellas and Many Saints of Newark, told The Associated Press that he was shocked by the on-set shooting.

‘They always — that I know of — they check it so you can see,’ he said.

‘They give it to the person you’re pointing the gun at. 

‘They do it to the producer. 

‘They show whoever is there that it doesn’t work.’ 

Prior to the fatal shooting there were at least two accidental discharges of prop firearms on the set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

And Halls, according to people who spoke to Insider, had previously sparked alarm with his directions.

Melissa Low Lyon, the former on-set dresser for Hulu’s horror series Into the Dark, alleged that Halls caused concern in 2019 when he told actor Creed Bratton to perform a stunt where his character was supposed to be shot in the head. 

Bratton told Halls that he was worried about the scene, and uneasy about the actions Halls wanted. Bratton feared that the dummy projectile could still hit him in the eye, but Halls pressed him to continue, Lyon claimed.

‘Creed himself expressed concern because he said ‘it’s not going to get my eye is it,” Lyon told Insider. 

‘And then as soon as it happened, he said ‘I f****** knew it.”

Lyon said she found Halls ‘volatile’ and difficult to work with.

‘Dave gets very confrontational in a sense, and just doesn’t want to listen and says, ‘well we’re just going to do it’ and he’ll do things like he did on Rust and just grab it or do it himself,’ Lyon said.   

Halls was previously fired from the production of another film, Freedom’s Path, in 2019 after an accident involving a gun. 

The weapon in that production fired unexpectedly, injuring a sound crew member who recoiled from the blast and had to seek treatment. 

Freedom’s Path is still in production and is expected to be released next year.  

Rock Soul Studios, the company that produced the movie, fired him as a result. 

The company told CNN about the incident on Monday as others in the industry lined up to trash Halls, calling him unprofessional, ‘barbaric’ and negligent. 

On the set of another film, horror Western The Pale Door, released in August 2020, a second assistant director quit in protest at how Halls treated him and other workers.

Halls, the first assistant director, was constantly ‘rushing everyone’ and was ‘rude about it, too,’ said Danny Hulsey.

Hulsey told Insider he did not see any safety violations, but was angered by Halls’ attitude. 

Halls has not commented on either the 2019 incident, the 2020 confrontation, or the Rust shooting.  

Rust had the a low budget for a film, with producers wanting the movie shot at the cost of an average episode of a high-end drama series – about $6-$7 million.

It was also on a tight 21-day filming schedule, according to Deadline.

The budget lead to constraints, according to some. 

Neal W. Zoromski, a veteran prop master, said that he turned down an offer to join Rust because they would not give him the team he requested.

Zoromski told The Los Angeles Times he initially asked for a department of five technicians, which would be standard in the business.  

He then modified his request to two experienced crew members: an assistant prop master and an armorer, who handles prop guns. 

But he said he was told the movie could only afford one person handling all these duties, so he turned down the job.

‘There were massive red flags,’ he said.

‘After I pressed ‘send’ on that last email, I felt, in the pit of my stomach: ‘That is an accident waiting to happen.’ 

The production company behind the film said that they were unaware of any previous problems. 

‘Though we were not made aware of any official complaints concerning weapon or prop safety on set, we will be conducting an internal review of our procedures while production is shut down,’ the company, Rust Movie Productions, said in a statement.

The company has emailed the crew and actors to tell them that production of the film was being halted, but called it ‘a pause rather than an end.’        

EXCLUSIVE: Rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, is spotted for first time since Alec Baldwin used gun SHE had loaded to accidentally shoot dead cinematographer on set of Rust

Pacing up and down and talking animatedly on her phone, rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was seen for the first time since a gun she loaded killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while being handled by Alec Baldwin

Gutierrez-Reed, 24, has fled Santa Fe and was found at her dilapidated Bullhead City, Arizona, home by DailyMail.com where she declined to speak about the fatal accident.

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show a worried-looking Gutierrez-Reed pacing outside her home and speaking on the phone before dashing back inside and refusing to answer the door.

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was seen for the first time as she paced outside her home on Monday, October 25

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed was seen for the first time as she paced outside her home on Monday, October 25

The 24-year-old was seen wearing all black with a T-shirt picturing a naked woman in fishnet tights and red high heels tied up emblazoned with: 'I'm all tied up at the moment'

The rookie armorer was snapped deep into a phone conversation outside her home

The rookie armorer was snapped deep into a phone conversation outside her home

Gutierrez-Reed was named on Friday as the person who loaded Baldwin’s vintage Colt pistol which was being used in a gunfight scene set in a church at the Bonanza Ranch in Santa Fe.

A call sheet obtained by DailyMail.com names the 24-year-old as the film’s assistant prop master and armorer, overseen by prop master Sarah Zachry.

She also appeared in a photo posted by Hutchins to her Instagram page showing the whole crew two days before she was killed.

According to a police warrant, the Colt was one of three pistols left on a table by Gutierrez-Reed and was handed to Baldwin by British assistant director Dave Halls who told the veteran actor it was ‘cold’- not realizing it had been loaded with live rounds.

Cops say Baldwin was practicing drawing the weapon when it fired – fatally hitting cinematographer Hutchins, 42, and injuring director Joel Souza, 48.

After the shooting, the armorer took possession of the gun and a spent casing, which were turned over to police, along with other prop guns and ammunition used on the set. 

According to a call sheet obtained by DailyMail.com, the crew was rehearsing a mock gunfight inside the church building when Hutchins was hit. 

After her phone call, Gutierrez-Reed rushed back into her home and refused to answer the door on Monday

After her phone call, Gutierrez-Reed rushed back into her home and refused to answer the door on Monday

She returned to her run down home in Bullhead City, Arizona as the investigation into the fatal shooting of the Rust cinematographer

She returned to her run down home in Bullhead City, Arizona as the investigation into the fatal shooting of the Rust cinematographer

Gutierrez-Reed was named on Friday as the person who loaded Baldwin's vintage Colt pistol which was being used in a gunfight scene set in a church at the Bonanza Ranch in Santa Fe

The armourer on the set of 'Rust' said she almost didn't take the job because she wasn't sure if she was ready

Gutierrez-Reed was named on Friday as the person who loaded Baldwin’s vintage Colt pistol which was being used in a gunfight scene set in a church at the Bonanza Ranch in Santa Fe 

Rust was only the second movie Gutierrez-Reed has worked on and sources on the set described her as ‘inexperienced and green’

Co-stars Jensen Ackles, Swen Temmers and Travis Hammer were also in the scene – numbered 121 – alongside Baldwin’s stunt double Blake Teixeira and stunt coordinator Allan Graf.

Ackles spoke about his weapons training for the film a week before the tragic on-set shooting accident. The actor, who frequently used a gun playing Dean Winchester for 15 seasons on Supernatural, regaled a crowd of fans with an anecdote about his brief gun training for Rust a week before Baldwin’s tragic gun accident.

Gun that went off in Alec Baldwin’s hands and claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins was used for off-set target practice by crew members and live ammo and blanks were stored together, sources say 

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol when it accidentally went off. It is not known who loaded the weapon and why it went off as a replacement crew was brought in the day of the incident (The gun pictured above is a vintage Colt pistol manufactured between 1873-92. While the exact model of the gun used is unknown, Rust is set in the 1880s)

Alec Baldwin was wielding a vintage Colt pistol when it accidentally went off. It is not known who loaded the weapon and why it went off as a replacement crew was brought in the day of the incident (The gun pictured above is a vintage Colt pistol manufactured between 1873-92. While the exact model of the gun used is unknown, Rust is set in the 1880s)

 The gun that killed the cinematographer on the set of Alec Baldwin’s Rust had been used for target practice by crew members, sources linked to the western film’s production said. 

Multiple sources connected to the set of Rust told TMZ that the same Colt pistol that went off in Alec Baldwin’s hands, killing Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza, had been used recreationally by crew members. 

The sources claim that some crew members would go off for target practice using real bullets, and some believe a live round from those practice sessions found its way onto the set. 

Another source told TMZ that live ammo and blanks were being stored in the same area on set, offering another possible explanation as to how a bullet was fired from Baldwin’s Colt.  

A search warrant released Friday said that Rust armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, had laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the Colt from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds. 

‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said. 

Seconds later, filming a scene inside an Old West-style church, Baldwin apparently aimed towards the camera and pulled the trigger, accidentally killing Hutchins as she filmed him, and injuring Souza, who stood behind her. 

Two production sources who previously worked with Gutierrez-Reed said this was not the first time she was involved in an incident on a movie set. 

The two sources told The Daily Beast that Hannah Gutierrez-Reed had allegedly given an 11-year-old actress a gun without checking it properly while on the set of the Nicholas Cage film, The Old Way. 

‘There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe,’ one of the sources said.

‘She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again.’  

Sources on the Rust set have said the fatal incident that killed Hutchins, 42, and injured Souza, 48, was a result of production failings from top to bottom. 

They added that assistant director Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin and told him it was safe, should have checked the weapon. 

‘He’s supposed to be our last line of defense and he failed us,’ one of the sources on set said. ‘He’s the last person that’s supposed to look at that firearm.’

A Rust production source told The Daily Beast that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being accidentally discharged by other crewmember on set before Thursday’s tragic incident. 

The source described Gutierrez-Reed as ‘inexperienced and green.’ 

‘I’ve got a 6 AM call tomorrow to have a big shootout,’ Ackles was heard saying in a video captured by a fan. ‘They had me pick my gun, they were like, ‘Alright, what gun would you like?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know?’ and the armorer was like, ‘Do you have gun experience?” 

‘I was like, “A little.” And she’s like, “Okay, well, this is how you load it, this is how we check it and make sure it’s safe.”‘

The crowd, as well as Jensen’s Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki, burst out laughing since the actor had so much on-camera experience shooting.

He continued with the story, telling the group that the armorer told him to fire off some blank rounds over in a field.

‘So she’s like, ‘I’ll just put some blanks in there and just fire a couple of rounds towards the hill.’

‘I walk out and she’s like, ‘Just make sure you pull the hammer all the way back and aim at your target’.

Demonstrating how he did it in training, Jensen said he whipped the gun out of his holster and expertly fired the weapon, leading the armorer to jokingly call him ‘an a**hole’ for pretending like he was inexperienced. 

 

Production notes show the Colt pistol was one of several weapons on set at the time but the only one used in 121 and the preceding 118.

Filming had been due to continue with a scene that showed Baldwin being thrown into a stagecoach but it was halted following the accidents.

Further scenes featuring Baldwin and Ackles had been scheduled for the weekend but have now been postponed indefinitely.

Rust was only the second movie Gutierrez-Reed has worked on and sources on the set described her as ‘inexperienced and green’. 

According to her LinkedIn page, she most recently worked as a videographer at Synth Fire, a California-based news and media company, and as a documentary filmmaker for the City of Flagstaff in Arizona.

She worked as an armorer for Yellowstone film ranch between March and June 2021, but according to the page stopped working there three months before filming for Rust started in October.

Gutierrez-Reed had only recently left Northern Arizona university, where she studied creative media and film between 2017 and 2020. 

The daughter of legendary Hollywood armorer Thell Reed, 78, Gutierrez-Reed previously worked on Nicholas Cage movie The Old Way – admitting beforehand that she ‘wasn’t sure’ if she was ready in a podcast interview.

She said: ‘I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but doing it, it went really smoothly.’

She also admitted in the podcast interview she found loading blanks into a gun ‘the scariest’ thing because she did not know how to do it and had sought help from her father. 

But while Gutierrez-Reed thought the job had gone smoothly, sources told the Daily Beast that the rookie armorer was ‘unsafe’ and had handed a gun to 11-year-old actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong.

The source said: ‘She was a bit careless with the guns, waving it around every now and again. There were a couple times she was loading the blanks and doing it in a fashion that we thought was unsafe.’

The insider added that they had seen her loading a gun on pebble strewn ground – which has the potential to be dangerous – before handing off the gun to Armstrong.

‘She was reloading the gun on the ground, where there were pebbles and stuff,’ the source said. ‘We didn’t see her check it, we didn’t know if something got in the barrel or not.’

Meanwhile, sources on the Rust set have said the fatal incident was a result of production failings from top to bottom.   

Zak Knight, a pyrotechnic and special effects engineer who is a member of Local 44, told DailyMail.com on Friday that Hutchins’ death was caused by a ‘cascade of failures’ by multiple people: ‘There should have never been live rounds on a movie set, that’s number one. Number two is every single person on a movie set has a right to inspect a weapon before it’s fired. And number three is, there is no reason to ever put a person in front of a weapon that’s firing. 

They claim she did not check the gun before placing it on the prop table to be used

Sources have claimed they saw Gutierrez- Reed load the prop gun on the pebble strewn ground, which could dangerously led to debris getting into the barrel

They claim she did not check the gun before placing it on the prop table to be used 

Several sources from the set have said that Gutierrez-Reed was 'careless with the guns' on set

Several sources from the set have said that Gutierrez-Reed was ‘careless with the guns’ on set

Gutierrez-Reed was trained by her father, legendary gunsmith Thell Reed

Gutierrez-Reed (left) admitted in a podcast interview she found loading blanks into a gun ‘the scariest’ thing because she did not know how to do it and had sought help from her father, legendary gunsmith Thell Reed, (right) to get over the fear

Sources added that assistant director Halls, who handed the gun to Baldwin and told him it was safe, should have checked the weapon.

‘He’s supposed to be our last line of defense and he failed us,’ one of the sources on set said. ‘He’s the last person that’s supposed to look at that firearm.’

A Rust production source told The Daily Beast that there were at least two previous incidents of guns being accidentally discharged by other crew members on set before Thursday’s tragic incident.

Rust crew members claim there were several complaints made against the armorer on the set and that at least six ‘fed-up’ people had walked off the set prior to Gutierrez-Reed handing Baldwin the gun that killed Hutchins.

The crew made their complaints directly to assistant director Dave Hall – who is named in the search warrant affidavit as the person handed Baldwin the gun that killed Hutchins and told him it was safe – and demanded all the discharges were documented.

‘All of us yelled at him, ‘That better be on the production report, these guys are irresponsible and shouldn’t be here,’ a production source said.

‘That should be automatic grounds for termination on a union film set, you should be gone. The first time that gun went off without telling anybody, that whole department should have been replaced, immediately. Clearly production thought better of it, decided to roll the dice and pay the ultimate price.’

Deadline also cites an unnamed source who said a gun had gone off ‘in a cabin’ while someone was holding it, days prior to the shooting that killed Hutchins.

‘A gun had two misfires in a closed cabin. They just fired loud pops – a person was just holding it in their hands and it went off,’ they said, apparently referring to unintentional discharges.  

A Santa Fe County Sheriff Department spokesman said: ‘The investigation remains active and open. Witnesses continue to be interviewed and evidence collected.’

In addition to the criminal probe, New Mexico’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau is investigating Hutchins’ death, and could impose civil penalties even if no charges are brought in the case.

‘Our state OSHA program is investigating this,’ Rebecca Roose, deputy cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department,’ told Deadline.

‘The state takes all workplace safety issues very seriously and will work diligently through our investigation of this tragic fatality.’

‘He’s supposed to check the guns, he’s responsible’: Panicked 911 calls from Alec Baldwin tragedy reveal how script supervisor blamed assistant director for death of cinematographer – but why did ANY of the guns have live ammo? 

The audio recordings of 911 calls made by the crew of Alec Baldwin’s film Rust have revealed desperate attempts to save their colleague, and allegations of negligence.

Mamie Mitchell, the script supervisor of the film, made the call after Baldwin accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and director Joel Souza, 48.

The group were filming the Western film in the desert outside Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday when the tragedy happened.

In her call, Mitchell, a veteran script supervisor with credits dating back to 1974, points the finger at the assistant director, accusing him of negligence.

Mitchell calls 911 and tells the woman answering: ‘We need an ambulance out at Bonanza Creek Ranch right now. We have had two people accidentally shot on a movie set accidentally.’

While she is on the phone, Mitchell is instructing another person to ‘clear the road’ to allow the ambulance easy access to the site.

Mitchell is then transferred to the Santa Fe fire and EMS, and, sounding panicked, urges a swift response.

‘Bonanza Creek ranch. We have had two people accidentally shot on a movie set by a prop gun.

‘We need help immediately. Bonanza Creek ranch. Come on.’

The 911 operators then asks Mitchell for her details.

Mitchell, who has worked on films including No Country For Old Men, Sicario and 3:10 to Yuma, can be heard saying: ‘It sounds like somebody else is calling for ambulances.

‘Everybody should be. We need some help.

‘Our director and our camerawoman has been shot.’

She then asks someone on set: ‘Are they going to take him to the road?’

The 911 operator asks: ‘So, was it loaded with a real bullet or what?’

Mitchell replies: ‘I don’t, I cannot tell you that. We have two injuries from a movie gunshot.’

While the phone operator is inputting the details, Mitchell can be heard telling someone else: ‘OK, this f****** AD that yelled at me at lunch asking about revisions, this motherf*****.

‘Did you see him lean over my desk and yell at me? He’s supposed to check the guns. He’s responsible for what happened.’ 

According to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court, the gun was one of three that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, had set on a cart outside the wooden structure where a scene was being acted. 

Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in the search warrant application.

It is not known whether Mitchell was referring Halls in the audio. 

It was unclear how many rounds were fired. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to police when they arrived, the court records say.

On the call, the 911 operator tries to ask Mitchell how many people were injured and, confused, Mitchell replies: ‘No, no, I’m a script supervisor.’

The operator asks again, and Mitchell says: ‘Two that I know of. I was sitting there rehearsing and it went off and I ran out. We all went out there, but doubled over the camerawoman and the director.’

She tells another person: ‘They are clearing the road, can you go back – back in the town, back in the Western camp.’

The operator asks if there is any serious bleeding, and Mitchell, flustered, hands the phone over to a man.

‘Hello?’ the man says.

‘Hi, I have a protocol of questions I need to ask. If you could answer them as best you can,’ the 911 operator says. ‘Are they completely alert?’

The man replies: ‘Yes, they are alert.’

The operator asks if the bleeding is controlled, and the man replies: ‘Let’s see if I’m allowed to get closer… No.’

It is unclear if he is saying that the bleeding is not controlled, or that he is not able to get closer.

‘We’ve got one laying down,’ he tells the operator, adding that they are near gate one and have a van ready to escort the ambulances quickly to the precise spot.

A devastated Baldwin is pictured bent over outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office on Thursday after speaking to investigators

A devastated Baldwin is pictured bent over outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office on Thursday after speaking to investigators

A woman then calls back saying: ‘Hi, I am calling back from Bonanza Creek Ranch. We actually need two ambulances not one.’

The operator replies: ‘OK, so we’re doing a call now for somebody else and we’ll get two up to you.’

The woman, her voice showing the strain, replies: ‘OK. And that’s 10 to 15 minutes?’

‘I don’t know – we’re getting them right now, to you now,’ the operator replies.

‘What? What?’ the woman says, sounding panicked as she speaks to someone else.

‘We have two ambulances heading your way.’

‘What?’ the woman says, then returns speaking to the operator: ‘OK, thank you.’

Joel Souza, the director of Rust, is seen in November 2019. He was reportedly shot in the shoulder

Joel Souza, the director of Rust, is seen in November 2019. He was reportedly shot in the shoulder

The operator replies: ‘You’re welcome, bye.’ 

Mitchell later said she was standing next to Hutchins when she was shot.

‘I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,’ Mitchell told The Associated Press. 

‘This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.’

Mitchell said she and other crew members were attending a private memorial service Friday night in Santa Fe.

Baldwin described the killing as a ‘tragic accident.’

‘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,’ Baldwin wrote on Twitter. 

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

No immediate charges were filed, and sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said Baldwin was permitted to travel.

‘He’s a free man,’ Rios said. 

‘Kind and loving’ cinematographer killed in Alec Baldwin tragedy: Ukraine-born married mother Halyna Hutchins, 42, was raised on a Soviet military base surrounded by nuclear submarines, trained as a journalist and was tipped as a rising star in Hollywood

Sun streaming from above, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins smiles into the camera as she films herself riding off into the New Mexico desert on horseback.

This was the last Instagram post shared by the married mother-of-one before she was accidentally killed by actor Alec Baldwin when he fired a prop gun while filming a scene for an upcoming Western on a ranch near Santa Fe.

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines’, Halyna, 42, had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career – and started a family. 

Sun streaming from above, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins smiles into the camera as she films herself riding off into the New Mexico desert on horseback. This was the last Instagram post shared by the married mother-of-one before she was accidentally killed by actor Alec Baldwin when he fired a prop gun while filming a scene for upcoming Western, Rust, yesterday

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base 'surrounded by reindeer and submarines', Halyna had recently wrapped on a project in Ireland and was tipped for a bright future in Hollywood when her life was so tragically cut short. Pictured, in 2018

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and submarines’, Halyna had recently wrapped on a project in Ireland and was tipped for a bright future in Hollywood when her life was so tragically cut short. Pictured, in 2018

Her social media profiles also paint a clear image of a free-spirited, much-loved friend, many of whom have been paying tribute. Pictured, a touching post by close friend Stephanie

Her social media profiles also paint a clear image of a free-spirited, much-loved friend, many of whom have been paying tribute. Pictured, a touching post by close friend Stephanie

Remembered by friends as a ‘kind’ and ‘loving soul’, Halyna lived in Venice Beach, California, with her husband Matthew, a lawyer, and their son Andros, known affectionately as her ‘little man’ and thought to be around nine years old. 

‘Halyna loved him so much and enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome boy he is today,’ one friend wrote in a moving Instagram tribute. ‘I know she is looking after him and Matt in this horribly scary time.’

Social media photos capture a playfulness and sense of adventure, with Halloween costume parties, road trips with friends and days out exploring all lit up by Halyna’s smile. 

She was also highly regarded by her peers and had been tipped as a ‘rising star’ by other cinematographers. ‘She was somebody who was absolutely dedicated to art and integrity,’ director, colleague and friend Adam Mortimer told GMB this morning. ‘I can tell already she was going to be a genius.’ 

Halya (right) on a visit back to Kiev in December 2018. She was raised on a military base in the country and later attended the National University of Kyiv, studying International Journalism

Halya (right) on a visit back to Kiev in December 2018. She was raised on a military base in the country and later attended the National University of Kyiv, studying International Journalism

Baldwin, 62, was filming a scene for new film Rust when the gun went off around 1.50pm, fatally wounding Hutchins and leaving writer-director Joel Souza, 48, injured. The incident took place at Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Hutchins was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital in an air ambulance but was pronounced dead a short time after. 

Souza was taken by ambulance to the Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center. He has since been released although his exact condition is unclear.

Will Stewart, Daily Mail’s Moscow correspondent, told how Halyna had worked for him in the mid-2000s. 

‘This is devastating and incomprehensible news about the death of Halyna Hutchins. She worked for my news agency from Kyiv for several years in the mid-2000s after graduating from a local university in International Journalism.

‘Halyna was involved in many stories for British newspapers and magazines, but she showed a special talent for documentaries, perhaps her first taste of film in which she went on to be so successful in America.

‘At this time while she was with us, in 2006, she was Associate Producer on a documentary for Discovery Channel on Ukrainian icon Leonid Stadnyk called World’s Tallest Man, made by British company Wild Pictures.

‘She was instrumental in Mr Stadnyk feeling at ease taking part in the documentary which focused on the problems of being exceptionally tall.

‘The film, made by leading British director Richard Denton, with former BBC Head of Documentaries Paul Hamann as executive producer, would not have happened without her.

‘Mr Stadnyk, a shy man, trusted Halyna after refusing many other film offers, and thanked her afterwards.

‘Pictures ahead of the film shows him towering over Halyna at his home in the village of Podoliantsy.

‘She later went to the US with her husband Matt and accomplished great things through her huge talent and creativity but also her relentless determination to study and learn.

‘She once told my Russian colleagues that she felt she was a perpetual student in America, but her efforts paid off and she achieved the success she thoroughly deserved.

‘It is tragic that she died in such a cruel and inexplicable way while doing the job she so loved.

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt and their son, and Halyna’s family in Ukraine.’

Richard Denton, the producer behind Shakespeare Uncovered and many films in the former USSR, said today: ‘Halyna was the most wonderful, vital, lively and positive person to work with.

‘She was friendly and enormously helpful. She handled everything from translating interviews to making Leonid’s horse move in the right direction.

‘She was completely unpretentious and incredibly professional.’

Her death was ‘senseless and stupid.’

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