Alec Baldwin fatally shoots cinematographer on film set, injures director as prop gun misfires

Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded writer-director Joel Souza when he fired a prop gun on the set of a movie, a sheriff’s office in New Mexico told the New York Times.

“We’re trying to determine right now how and what type of projectile was used in the fire,” Juan Rios, a for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, told NYT.

Halyna was airlifted to Albuquerque’s University of New Mexico Hospital, but could not survive, and Souza is currently receiving emergency care at another hospital.

Production has been stopped on the movie, which is a western called Rust. Baldwin is both producing and starring in it. The film was going to shoot until early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.

This aerial video image provided by KOAT 7 News, shows Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Officers responding to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek, Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, NM Thursday, October 21. (Photo: AP)

As per the Associated Press, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears.

Rust, set in 1880s Kansas, follows a 13-year-old boy who has to take care of himself and his younger brother after his parents die. He goes on the run with his grandfather (Baldwin) after he is sentenced to be hanged for accidentally killing a rancher.


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