‘Rust’ Incident: What New Details Did Search Warrant Reveal

by Josh Lanier
(Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for National Geographic)

Police in New Mexico are following the path of the bullet that killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust back to its potential source. A judge issued a search warrant Tuesday for investigators to go through the prop house that supplied the guns on the film.

Famed Hollywood armorer Thell Reed told investigators that his ammunition may match the bullet that killed Hutchins. Reed, the dad of Rust armorer Heather Gutierrez-Reed, said he’d worked with Seth Kenny on a movie earlier this year. Kenny, who owns PDQ Arm and Prop LLC, supplied guns and ammunition to Rust, CNN reported.

Kenny reportedly asked Thell Reed to bring live ammunition to a training session at a firing range with actors on the previous production, ABC reported. Reed told investigators that he brought between 200-300 rounds with him that day. Kenny took home the unused ammunition rather than returning them. Reed thinks those live rounds somehow ended up on set. The bullets he gave Kenny were .45 caliber. The prop gun that Alec Baldwin fire was a .45, reports said.

Kenny posited another theory on how that bullet could have ended up in Baldwin’s gun. He told investigators in October that a friend gave him “reloaded ammunition.” The Albequerque armorer said he generally uses Starline Brass ammunition, which he said only sells components for ammunition and not live rounds, reports said. He told police that he suspects the “reloaded” round was in a Starline Brass case and could have gotten mixed in with the dummy bullets.

Seth Kenny hasn’t spoken publicly about this new information.

ABC Releases Clips from Interview With Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin told George Stephanopolous that he didn’t pull the trigger on the antique revolver before it fired and killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust in October. He said the blame for the 42-year-old cinematographer’s death lies with whoever brought a live round onto the set.

Baldwin recently sat down with the Good Morning America co-host to discuss what happened that day in New Mexico. It’s his first interview since Hutchin’s died on Oct. 25.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull the trigger at them, never,” Baldwin says in a clip ABC released ahead of the interview. “Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn’t even supposed to be on the property.”

The bullet passed through Hutchin’s chest and hit director Joel Souza in the shoulder. They were rehearsing a scene for the film Rust when the gun went off. The incident also sparked wide-ranging discussions in Hollywood about the need for stricter safety protocols on film sets.

Baldwin said he didn’t know the gun had a live round in it and couldn’t have foreseen what happened. He said Hutchins was a critical member of the crew that everyone loved.

“I think back and I think of what could I have done?” Baldwin told Stephanopolous. “She was someone who was loved by everyone who worked with [her] and liked by everyone who worked with [her], and admired… I mean, even now I find it hard to believe that [she’s gone]. It doesn’t seem real to me.”

The interview “Alec Baldwin Unscripted” airs Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.