Health Fé: Actor Alec Baldwin unloaded accessory weapon that killed cinematographer and injured director while filming in New Mexico Rust, according to a statement from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office.
“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot dead on the set of Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, were shot dead when a gun was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor, ”the police statement said.
The tragic incident happened on set late Thursday (Friday AEDT). The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said Hutchins was airlifted to a hospital, where she died, while Souza received emergency care at another hospital.
Production has been stopped.
A spokesperson for Baldwin told the Associated Press there was an accident on set involving the misfiring of a propeller pistol with blanks.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Baldwin was seen outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday in tears, but attempts to elicit comment from him were unsuccessful.
“According to investigators, it appears the scene filmed involved the use of a propeller-driven firearm when it was unloaded,” Sheriff Juan Rios spokesman told the Albuquerque Journal. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was fired.”
MPs responded around 2 p.m. Thursday (Friday AEDT) to the filming of the film at Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls about a person shot on set, Rios said.
“We received the devastating news tonight that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer for a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, has died from injuries sustained on set,” said John Lindley, president of the International Cinematographers Guild, and Rebecca Rhine, executive director, in a statement. “Details are not clear at this time, but we are working to find out more and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. It is a terrible loss and we mourn the passing of a family member from our Guild.