‘Rust’ Armorer’s Attorney Says “Sabotage” May Have Played A Part In The Alec Baldwin Shooting

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Some more wild details and theories have come about from the Alec Baldwin case…

And according to the attorney of the person responsible for the guns on set, there just might have been some foul play after all.

Jason Bowles, the attorney for Rust head armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, came on NBC’s “TODAY” Show to discuss the accidental shooting that occurred two weeks ago, and he believes that somebody may have tried to sabotage someone by putting a live-round in the prop gun.

He said:

“How did a live round get on set, and who put that live round on the set?”

“There was a box of dummy rounds labeled ‘dummy.’ We don’t know whether the live round came from that box. We’re assuming somebody put the live round in the box.

Of course, Bowles has zero evidence to support his suggestion, but his theory is based on the disgruntled crew members. A few members of the crew had walked off the set the day before the incident, in protest for better work safety and conditions.

He believes that somebody may have put a live round in the dummy box to prove a point and retaliate.

“Sabotage the set, want to prove a point, want to say they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy..” 

Sounds convenient…

They were unhappy with the unsafe working conditions of set, particularly the unsafe way the weapons were being handled by your client, so… they put a live round in the prop gun to kill someone?

I mean, c’mon…

Lane Luper, the A-camera first assistant, resigned the day before the shooting, and said through e-mail he did it because the filming of the gunfights were “fast and loose,” and not many safety measures were taken.

Luper also noted that there had been two accidental discharges on-set.

Gutierrez-Reed’s attorneys also said that the prop gun had been left unattended for two hours while she was on lunch break, and somebody could have toyed with it during that time.

Her attorney’s said:

“Hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer.

She fought for training, days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but ultimately was overruled by production and her department. The whole production set became unsafe due to various factors, including lack of safety meetings.”

Others have argued that it is solely on the armorer to double check and make sure that the prop guns and weapons are safe to fire, including Mike Tristano, who has supervised firearms for movie sets for more than 30 years.

He said the responsibility lies fully on the armorer:

Alec Baldwin came out in defense of the set safety, sharing a number of Instagram posts from Terese Magpale Davis, a wardrobe department worker who was “sick of the narrative.”

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