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Stockpile of weapons, ammo seized from ‘Rust’ set

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An extra stockpile of weapons and ammo was seized this week during a search of a locked prop truck used on the movie set where Alec Baldwin shot dead his cinematographer, according to a search warrant released Friday.

Sante Fe sheriff’s deputies had already found a mass of firearms and ammunition during a search last Friday of the New Mexico set of “Rust” — including suspected live bullets.

They obtained a new search warrant on Wednesday — nearly a week after the fatal accident — to search a white prop truck where key crew members said the weapons were locked up during filming.

The latest search found several black bags of “ammo” in the prop truck — including a “spent LC blank” and also at least one “45 Colt round.”

Alec Baldwin shot dead his cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin shot dead his cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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Baldwin, 63, had been rehearsing with a .45-caliber Colt revolver when he fatally shot Halyna Hutchins, 42, and injured director Joel Souza, 48, on the New Mexico set last Thursday.

There were also bags and cardboard boxes full of “misc. ammo,” according to the document filed Friday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

Along with the ammunition, officers seized items included 12 revolvers and one rifle, the document shows, without detailing exactly what kinds of weapons they were.

Officers seized items including 12 revolvers and one rifle.
Officers seized items including 12 revolvers and one rifle.

In earlier warrants, deputies stated how rookie armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, 24, had insisted that before the shooting the weapons were “secured inside a safe on a ‘prop truck’ on set.”

“She advised there are only a few people that have access and the combination to the safe,” the warrant said.

Sante Fe sheriff's deputies had already found a mass of firearms and ammunition during a search last Friday of the set of "Rust."
Sante Fe sheriff’s deputies had already found a mass of firearms and ammunition during a search of the set of “Rust.”
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Friday’s latest list of seized items did not mention where the weapons and ammo had been found in the truck, including if they had been in a safe.

In her interviews, Gutierrez-Reed had stated that “no live ammo is ever kept on set” — which Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza has said proved untrue.

He announced Wednesday — the same day as the truck was later searched — that officers had already found about 500 rounds of ammo on the set, including a “mix of blanks, dummy rounds and what we are suspecting [to be] live rounds.”

The latest warrant was sought “due to the information received from Hannah …. about firearms and ammunition being stored on the truck.”

The evidence is currently being examined by the FBI’s crime lab in Quantico, Virginia.

The police obtained a new search warrant on Wednesday.
The police obtained a new search warrant on Wednesday.
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So far, no one has been charged over the shooting. However, Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said Wednesday that “no one has been ruled out at this point … All options are on the table.”

Mendoza, meanwhile, said that the key focus is finding out how live rounds got onto a movie set, insisting they should never have been there.

Gutierrez-Reed — who was armorer for only her second movie — insisted late Thursday that she had “no idea” how the live rounds were there, and blamed cost-cutting bosses for safety probelms on the tragic set.

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