The lead armorer on the Rust set is lawyering up.
24-year-old Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, who previously expressed that she didn’t know if she was ready for the gig on the upcoming Western film, was in charge of the weapons used on set when a deadly mix-up occurred.
A source close to Gutierrez-Reed told The Sun that the armorer’s “family are supporting her and helping her look for a good lawyer — they feel she’s going to need one.”
On Thursday, October 21, cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed after Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a prop gun that was loaded with a live round.
The 42-year-old camerawoman was airlifted to the hospital and later succumbed to the wound, while the film’s director, Joel Souza, was also injured in the incident.
It was later revealed that the prop gun, which Baldwin was told was “cold,” meaning it didn’t contain any live bullets, was actually loaded.
All eyes have since been on the film’s production crew, specifically those in charge of handling the firearms on set.
Gutierrez-Reed reportedly was the person who laid out three firearms when the assistant director, David Halls, picked up one of them and handed it to Baldwin, according to a search warrant filed over the weekend.
The weapons master, who co-workers previously described as “green and inexperienced,” deleted all of her social media accounts following the tragedy.
Sources told The Sun that Gutierrez-Reed has since “gone dark,” and is “not ready to talk” about the deadly incident.
“A mutual friend reached out and she said she wasn’t ready to talk, and naturally we don’t know what happened and who was negligent,” her friend said.
The situation is currently being investigated to determine who was responsible for the prop gun being loaded with a live round, but Gutierrez-Reed’s friend insisted that it is “unfair to make assumptions.”
Baldwin, who pulled the trigger on the firearm, was reportedly in shock after he realized he fired a live bullet.
As OK! previously reported, the Miami Blues star asked “Why was I handed a hot gun?” in the moments after the accident, claiming that he has never been handed a loaded gun in all of his years on movie sets.
The 63-year-old actor released a statement on his socials, explaining that his heart was broken for Hutchins, who is survived by a husband and a 9-year-old son.