Sheriff Mendoza said about 500 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the kit, including a mixture of blanks, dummies, and ammunition that the sheriff believes are live rounds.
In recent days, Mr. Halls and Mrs. Gutierrez-Reed have come under increasing scrutiny as they took up their weapons before they fired.
Mr. Halls, an industry veteran who has worked on films including Fargo and The Matrix Reloaded, has been subject to various security complaints over the years and was fired from Freedom’s Path in 2019 after the gun was suddenly discharged. , as a result of which the crew member was slightly injured. Prior to the fatal shooting, at least two accidental pistol shots occurred on the set of Rust, according to three former crew members. Mr. Halls did not respond to several attempts to reach him.
Ms Gutierrez-Reed, also referred to as Hannah Reed and Hannah Gutierrez, said in a podcast published last month that she had just finished filming her first film as the head gunsmith in another western called The Old Way with Clint. Howard and Nicholas in the lead roles. Cage, slated for release next year. “At first I was very nervous about this and almost did not take on this work, because I was not sure if I was ready, but after completing it, everything went very smoothly,” Ms. Gutierrez-Reed said about this film in podcast “Voices of the West”. She is the daughter of Tell Reed, a shooting expert and consultant to the film industry.
Ms. Gutierrez-Reed told the detective that at the start of lunchtime, the firearm was hidden in a safe on a trolley. At this time, she said that some of the ammunition was left in the cart where it was “unsecured” and some was stored in the truck, according to affidavits filed with Santa Fe County Magistrates’ Court used to ask for a search warrant ” a truck with a propeller. “
After lunch, film prop Sarah Zakri took a firearm from the safe and handed it to the gunsmith, Ms. Gutierrez-Reed, according to Ms. Gutierrez-Reed’s story to the detective.