'Rust' Movie Armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed Breaks Her Silence on Shooting

Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on Rust, has stated that she has "no idea" where any live ammunition on the film set came from.

Last week, Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the New Mexico movie set, leading to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injury of writer-director Joel Souza.

As a police investigation continues, Gutierrez-Reed is said to be "devastated and completely beside herself over the events that have transpired," a statement from her attorney, Jason Bowles and Robert Gorence, to NBC News read.

The statement continued: "Safety is Hannah's number one priority on set. Ultimately this set would never have been compromised if live ammo were not introduced. Hannah has no idea where the live rounds came from."

According to a search warrant affidavit, when Baldwin was handed the gun on the film set last Thursday, the assistant director David Halls yelled "cold gun" to indicate that the prop he was handing the star contained no live rounds.

The affidavit quotes Halls as admitting that he should have checked the gun more thoroughly, according to the affidavit.

According to the statement released by Gutierrez-Reed's attorneys guns on the film set were locked away during lunch breaks and at night. They also stated that she had "fought" for further training while working on the western film.

The statement added: "Hannah and the prop master gained control over the guns and she never witnessed anyone shoot live rounds with these guns and nor would be permit that.

The attorneys 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."

Addressing reports of the gun misfiring days before the fatal shooting, the attorneys spoke of the "accidental discharge" of a weapon, while adding that Gutierrez-Reed had never had one.

The "Rust" movie set
A US flag flies at the entrance to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set, where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot during production of the western film "Rust", is seen on October 28, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Attorneys for the film's armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, have released a statement on her behalf. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

"The first one on this set was the prop master and the second was a stunt man after Hannah informed him his gun was hot with blanks," the statement said.

It was this week stated that the gun Baldwin used at the time of the shooting was a .45-caliber Colt, which law enforcement has described as a "legit" antique gun, as opposed to a prop gun.

Santa Fe's County Sheriff Adan Mendoza and District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies revealed the fun they believed to have been used on the set when they held a press conference on Wednesday.

"We believe that we have, in our possession, the firearm that was fired by Mr. Baldwin," said Mendoza. "This is the firearm we believe discharged the bullet."

"I think the industry has had a record recently of being safe," Mendoza added. "I think there was some complacency on this set. And I think there are some safety issues that need to be addressed by the industry and possibly by the state of New Mexico."

"All options are on the table," Carmack-Altwies said of any potential charges arising from the investigation. "No one has been ruled out at this point."

Production on Rust has been halted, and is not expected to resume until the ongoing police investigation has concluded.

Halyna Hutchins and Alec Baldwin
Halyna Hutchins (L) was fatally shot when star and producer Alec Baldwin (R) discharged a gun during production on the movie last week. Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for National Geographic/Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie;