'Rust' armorer's dad defends her over deadly on-set shooting, pushes unsubstantiated claims of sabotage

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Thell Reed alongside his daughter Hannah Guiterrez-Reed's attorney, Jason Bowles.
Thell Reed alongside his daughter Hannah Gutierrez-Reed's attorney, Jason Bowles.ABC News/"Good Morning America"
  • The father of the armorer on "Rust" defended his daughter over the deadly on-set shooting.

  • Thell Reed told "GMA" that his daughter, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, was "raised around gun safety."

  • Reed also pushed unsubstantiated allegations, saying he believed sabotage was behind the shooting.

The Hollywood weapons expert father of the armorer on the set of "Rust" defended his daughter over the deadly shooting that left a cinematographer dead as he pushed unsubstantiated allegations of sabotage on the production.

"She's been raised around gun safety since she was a little girl," veteran armorer Thell Reed told ABC News' "Good Morning America" of his 24-year-old daughter Hannah Gutierrez-Reed. "She didn't need more training, she's got me."

Reed said during the interview, which aired Tuesday, that he was not concerned about whether his daughter would face potential charges for the October 21 shooting on the New Mexico film set of Bonanza Creek Ranch.

"The sheriff's department will get to the bottom of this. I am not worried about that at all," Reed said.

He also said that Gutierrez-Reed had "complained" about having both prop and armorer duties on the "Rust" set.

He added that she should have been called to be present during the rehearsal scene in which actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza inside a church building.

"That one time they should have had her on set," Reed said. "She would have rechecked that gun and if there was a live round placed in there she would have found it."

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

Both Reed and his daughter's attorney, Jason Bowles, told "Good Morning America" that they believe "sabotage" was behind the deadly shooting.

"Sabotage is the most likely possibility, probability," Bowles said. "Somebody wanted to cause a safety incident on set. Nobody wanted anybody to be killed. We developed evidence of motive for that, of why they wanted to do that, why Hannah might have 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."

When asked by ABC News' Kaylee Hartung whether he believes "sabotage" was possible, Reed said, "Oh yeah — a lot of motive there."

Santa Fe County District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies whose office is investigating the shooting has previously shut down the Bowles' prior allegations of sabotage on "Rust."

The Colt .45 revolver that was fired during the incident was supposed to be loaded with dummy rounds, but somehow live ammunition had been loaded into the weapon, authorities have said.

In a previous interview with ABC News, Baldwin — who was starring in and producing the Western film — said he never pulled the trigger of the gun.

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