A lawyer for armourer Hannah Gutierrez, who was responsible for overseeing the weapons used on the film set of ‘Rust’, believes that sabotage may be behind the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Lawyer Jason Bowles believes that the shooting may have been intentionally set up as Ms. Gutierrez had pulled ammunition from a box that she believed to be fake rounds.
Bowles believes that it’s possible that someone may have intentionally placed real bullets in the box.
While speaking on Good Morning America, Mr. Bowles stated, “We’re afraid that could have been what happened here, that somebody intended to sabotage this set with a live round intentionally placed in a box of dummies”.
He said that the intent may not have been homicide but to cause a safety incident on set.
A spokeswoman for the producers ‘Rust Movie Productions’ made no comment on Mr. Bowles’ statements.
An investigation remains ongoing into the incident and no charges have been filed against anyone involved.
Mr. Bowles stated that Gutierrez checked the gun before giving it to Mr. Halls while revealing each of the rounds inside the gun, under the impression that they were fake rounds.
“Never in a million years did Hannah think that live rounds could have been in the ‘dummy’ round box”.
Before the incident, camera operators quit the film citing long hours and other objectionable working conditions, according to Santa Fe authorities.
When asked who would have replaced fake rounds with live ammunition, Mr. Bowles said that it was a person who wanted “to prove a point, to say that they’re disgruntled, they’re unhappy”.
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