Alec Baldwin accidentally shot a prop firearm on the set of his new film Rust, killing a woman and injuring another.
Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography, was pronounced dead shortly after being transferred to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday following gunshot wounds to the stomach.
The injured man is believed to be the film's director, Joel Souza, who was reportedly struck in the shoulder.
Alec, the lead actor, was confirmed by police to have fired the prop gun.
"Santa Fe County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set of the western "Rust" on October 21, 2021, after a 911 caller reported a shooting on the set," the Santa Fe Sheriff's department stated.
According to the sheriff's office, two individuals were shot on the set of Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography, and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when Alec Baldwin, 63, producer and actor, discharged a prop firearm."
The statement continued as follows: "Ms Hutchins was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
"Mr Souza was airlifted to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he is being treated for his injuries. "
This investigation is still ongoing. There have been no charges filed in connection with this incident. Detectives continue to interview witnesses."
Baldwin was interviewed by investigators and released, police confirmed. There have been no charges filed.
Alec was seen in tears outside the local sheriff's office on Thursday, according to the local newspaper, Santa Fe New Mexican.
The film's production has been halted, and a representative for Rust Movies Productions LLC issued a statement expressing condolences to Halyna's family.
The statement read as follows: "The entire cast and crew are devastated by today's tragedy, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to Halyna's family and loved ones.
"We have suspended production on the film indefinitely and are cooperating fully with the Santa Fe Police Department's investigation.
"As we work to process this heinous event, we will provide counseling services to everyone associated with the film."
As news of the accident spread, members of the Director of Photography's Guild expressed shock and regret.
John Lindley, National President of the Cinematographers Guild, and Rebecca Rhine, National Executive Director, issued the following statement: "We received the devastating news this evening that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, had died as a result of injuries sustained on the set of a film called Rust in New Mexico.
Rust is a film written and directed by Joel, with Alec serving as co-producer and lead actor. Also starring are Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, Frances Fisher, and Jensen Ackles.
It centers on Alec's character, the notorious outlaw Rust, whose thirteen-year-old grandson is convicted of an accidental murder.
Rust attempts to emancipate his grandson from prison, while a US Marshal assumes the role of a bounty hunter pursuing the pair.
While on the run together, the outlaw and his estranged grandson form an unexpected bond.
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