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‘Rust’ armorer’s father says he’s ‘not worried’ about investigation into fatal shooting

The father of “Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said he is “not worried” about the investigation into the fatal shooting that occurred on set. 

Thell Reed, who has been an armorer and weapons specialist for several movies, spoke out in an interview with “Good Morning America” regarding his daughter, who oversaw firearms on the set of “Rust.”

On the set, a gun held by actor Alec Baldwin discharged and killed Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, and injured Joel Souza, the director. 

The investigation is still ongoing as police have not ruled out charges over the incident. Reed said he is not concerned about charges against his daughter.

“The sheriff’s department will get to the bottom of this. I’m not worried about that at all,” Reed said.

Jason Bowles, the attorney for Gutierrez-Reed, said in an interview with ABC News that his client was not on set when the incident took place and does not know where the live round came from. 

First assistant director Dave Halls and Gutierrez-Reed were the last people to inspect and handle the gun before the incident, according to the police. 

“She had two duties: prop duties and armor duties,” Bowles said. “She had spun the cylinder, she had given it to Halls, she had shown him each of the six rounds. Halls was going to take custody of that weapon. He was inside the church then, Hannah was outside the church having to do her prop duties.”

Reed blamed the set for having her on two jobs and not having her on the set before the incident occurred.

“That one time they should have had her on set, she would’ve rechecked that gun,” Reed said. “If there was a live round placed there, she would’ve found it.”

“She knows what to do,” he added. “She does the job as good as I do now.”

Both Reed and Bowles said there was sabotage involved in the fatal shooting. 

“Sabotage is the most likely possibility, probability,” Bowles told ABC News. “Somebody wanted to cause a safety incident on set. Nobody wanted anybody to be killed. We developed evidence of motive for that — why they might’ve wanted to do that, why Hannah might’ve been a target — and that’s all gone to the sheriff and we’re asking for that to be completed before any decisions are made on charging.”

Baldwin previously said someone was responsible for the incident, but it was not him and he does not feel guilty. 

“I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” he said. “If I felt that I was responsible, I might have killed myself.”

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