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Attorney for ‘Rust’ armorer floats sabotage in fatal shooting

Associated Press, Jae C. Hong

The attorney for the armorer of “Rust” is suggesting that the fatal shooting of the film’s cinematographer could be a case of “sabotage.”

“We’re assuming somebody put the live round in that box,” Jason Bowles, a lawyer representing armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, told “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday.

Bowles was describing how his 24-year-old client loaded a box of rounds labeled “dummy” into a gun for a scene of the Alec Baldwin movie. A shooting on the New Mexico set last month, allegedly from the gun Baldwin was holding, killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.

“The person who put the live round in the box of dummy rounds had to have the purpose of sabotaging the set,” Bowles said Wednesday. “There’s no other reason you would do that, that you would mix that live round with the dummy round.”

Pressed by Guthrie on his suggestion that the move could have been intentional, Bowles said, “I believe that somebody who would do that would want to sabotage the set, want to prove a point, want to say that they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy.”

“We know that people had already walked off the set the day before,” Bowles said.

Asked if any disgruntled crew members were “potential suspects” in his mind, Gutierrez-Reed’s attorney replied, “Well, I think, Savannah, that you can’t rule anybody out at this point.”

“We have a time frame between 11 and 1 approximately that day, in which the firearms at times were unattended. So there was opportunity to tamper with this scene,” Bowles said.

While no one has been charged in the fatal shooting, Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies said last week, “All options are on the table at this point.”

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