Reports: Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set, killing 1

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Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officers stated cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza had been shot Thursday on the set of “Rust” within the desert close to Santa Fe.

SANTA FE, N.M. —  Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set and killed the cinematographer, authorities stated. The director of the Western being filmed was additionally wounded, and authorities are investigating what occurred.

Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer on the movie “Rust,” and director Joel Souza had been shot Thursday on the country movie set within the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officers stated.

A spokesperson for Baldwin stated there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks, although a cost with out a steel projectile is unlikely to kill at a average distance. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios stated detectives had been investigating how and what kind of projectile was discharged.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the 63-year-old Baldwin was seen Thursday outdoors the sheriff’s office in tears, however makes an attempt to get remark from him had been unsuccessful.

Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, the place she was pronounced lifeless by medical personnel, the sheriff’s division stated. Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, the place he’s present process therapy for his accidents.

Production was halted on the movie.

The International Cinematographers Guild confirmed that the girl fatally shot was Hutchins, a cinematographer.

“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” guild president John Lindley and government director Rebecca Rhine stated in a press release.

Hutchins, a 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute, labored as director of images on the 2020 motion movie “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello. She was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.

“I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set,” stated “Archenemy” director Adam Egypt Mortimer on Twitter. “She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”

Film colleague Manganiello referred to as her “an incredible talent” and “a great person” on his Instagram account. He stated he was fortunate to have labored with Hutchins.

Baldwin teamed up as a producer beforehand with Souza on the 2019 movie, “Crown Vic,” which starred Thomas Jane as a veteran Los Angeles police officer on a manhunt for 2 violent financial institution robbers. His first credited movie, 2010’s “Hanna’s Gold,” was a treasure hunt journey that includes Luke Perry.

Sheriff’s deputies responded about 2 p.m. to the movie set on the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls described an individual being shot on set, stated Rios, the sheriff’s spokesman. The ranch has been utilized in dozens of movies, together with the latest Tom Hanks Western “News of the World.”

“This investigation remains open and active,” Rios stated in a press release. “No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

Filming for “Rust” was set to proceed into early November, based on a information launch from the New Mexico Film Office.

The movie is a few 13-year-old boy who’s left to fend for himself and his youthful brother following the dying of their mother and father in Eighties’ Kansas, based on the Internet Movie Database web site. The teen goes on the run together with his long-estranged grandfather (performed by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hold for the unintended killing of an area rancher.

In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the late martial-arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug whereas filming a dying scene for the movie “The Crow.” The gun was presupposed to have fired a clean, however an post-mortem turned up a bullet lodged close to his backbone.

A Twitter account run by Lee’s sister Shannon stated: (*1*)

In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after capturing himself within the head with a prop gun clean whereas pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the tv sequence “Cover Up.”

Berry reported from Phoenix. Associated Press movie author Jake Coyle contributed to this report.