Veteran prop master lists ‘breaches’ in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting

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Veteran prop master lists 'breaches' in fatal 'Rust' shooting

An experienced prop master detailed a series of shocking protocol breaches that he blames in the fatal shooting involving Alec Baldin on the set of “Rust.”

“First and foremost, the most important protocol is no live ammo on the set,” Scott Reeder, 51, said on his TikTok channel that gives a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood productions.

“A live round is a cartridge with a slug in it — a bullet that can kill someone,” said Reeder, who said he’d been “hesitant” to speak out before seeing the witness statements released Sunday by Sante Fe Sheriff’s Office.

“It appears that rule was breached,” he said.

“Next, once you have your cart set up with your guns, you do not leave it unattended. You always have someone with their eyes on it from your department,” he said.

“From what I’ve read, the first assistant director walked outside of the set to the weapons cart, and grabbed one of three weapons that were sitting there, on a cart that was unattended.

“That’s a breach,” he insisted.

Longtime prop master Scott Reeder ripped armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed for allowing “live ammo on the set.”
Longtime prop master Scott Reeder ripped armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed for allowing “live ammo on the set.”
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Movie Prop master Scott Reeder gives his views on the 'Rust' movie shooting by Alec Baldwin
Prop master Scott Reeder emphasizes that live guns must not be left “unattended.”
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Alec Baldwin made a video on the set of RUST in New Mexico and posted it to instagram on Oct. 12, 2021.
Prop master Scott Reeder says Alec Baldwin’s accidental fatal shooting is not a “misfire”.
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“And the next breach in protocol is the first [assistant director] grabbing a gun — no one should grab a gun except the armorer or the prop master,” he said.

Reeder — whose bio includes “Machete” and “Friday the 13th” — also detailed the lengthy checklist of safety measures usually taken to ensure that weapons used in such scenes are loaded with “dummy” rounds.

“From my understanding, it was a close-up on Alec Baldwin’s revolver. As he pulls it out of his holster and cocks as he’s pointing it out the camera, and since the cameras looking right down the barrel of the revolver, you’ve got to have dummy bullets in the cylinder,” he explained.

Movie Prop master Scott Reeder gives his views on the 'Rust' movie shooting by Alec Baldwin
Prop master Scott Reeder questioned why “dummy rounds” weren’t loaded on Alec Baldwin’s gun.
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“Rust” armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed
Former model Hannah Gutierrez Reed was excited about working her first movie as head armor.
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“If you’re following protocol, you would take your dummy rounds into the set with an empty gun,” he said.

Movie Prop master Scott Reeder gives his views on the 'Rust' movie shooting by Alec Baldwin
Prop master Scott Reeder demonstrates a small tool used to check the barrel of a gun for any live rounds.
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He then showed a small tool that is used to check that the barrel is clear, and how the assistant director “shakes each” bullet to make sure it is a dummy before inserting it in the gun on set.

“But none of that happened,” he said, based on the witness statements.

“The first AD grabbed the gun off the cart, goes inside, hands it to Alec Baldwin and says, ‘Cold gun.’

“And unfortunately, you probably know the rest,” he said.

Reeder also said it was “bugging” him that the fatality was being dismissed as a “misfire.”

“Well, a misfire is when a gun doesn’t fire,” he said.

Thursday’s fatality on the New Mexico set of Baldwin’s new movie “Rust” would instead be an “accidental discharge,” he said, saying the “protocols that were breached … led to the firearm killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.”

“My heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragedy,” he said.

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