Alec Baldwin unloaded gun in incident that killed director of photography



Alec baldwin discharged a gun on the set of the upcoming “Rust” movie on Thursday, killing the director of photography and injuring the director of the film in an incident on set, authorities said.

A helicopter transported cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, to the University of New Mexico hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical staff, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Director Joel Souza, 42, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Hospital and is receiving emergency treatment for his injuries.

“According to investigators, it appears the scene filmed involved the use of a propeller-driven firearm when it was unloaded,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was fired.”

A spokesperson for Baldwin told The Associated Press there was an accident on set involving the misfiring of a prop pistol with blanks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Baldwin was seen outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday in tears. USA TODAY’s attempts to obtain comment from it were unsuccessful.

MPs responded to a 911 call Thursday afternoon that someone had been shot on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set in “Rust,” according to the sheriff’s 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 in a Bonanza Creek, Ranch movie on Thursday, October 21.

The incident is still under active investigation and no charges have been filed, the sheriff’s office said. Detectives continue to question witnesses.

“Rust” stars Baldwin, 68, who is also the film’s producer. Production on the Western has been halted.

The International Cinematographers Guild confirmed Thursday that the woman shot was Hutchins.

“Details are unclear at this time, but we are working to find out more and support a full investigation into this tragic event,” Guild President John Lindley and Executive Director Rebecca Rhine said in a statement.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, shown here at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was killed and director Joel Souza was injured on set while filming the film "Rust" in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 21, 2021. Film star and producer Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun that went wrong while blank loaded, authorities said.

Hutchins previously served as Cinematography Director for the 2020 action film “Archenemy”, starring Joe Manganiello. According to Hollywood journalist, the Ukrainian-born cinematographer worked as an investigative journalist during her first career for British documentary productions in Eastern Europe. In 2015, she graduated from the American Film Institute and was named “Rising Star” by the American filmmaker in 2019.

Hutchins’ most recent Instagram posts featured images of the Bonanza Creek Ranch set.

Souza last directed in 2019 “Crown Vic”, a feature film starring Bridget Moynahan and Thomas Jane which was also produced by Baldwin.

Reactions started pouring in from Hollywood on Thursday night.

“I am so sad that I lost Halyna”, tweeted director Adam Egypt Mortimer, who worked with Hutchins on “Archenemy”. “And so furious that it could happen on set. He was a brilliant talent who was absolutely devoted to art and film.”

“Absolutely horrible and devastating news about Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins. My thoughts are with her family.” wrote Elijah Wood on Twitter.

“My biggest fear is that someone will be fatally injured on one of my sets. I pray that this never happens. My heart goes out to everyone affected by today’s tragedy on Rust. , in particular Halyna Hutchins and her family “, wrote director James Gunn.

"Rust" director Joel Souza was shot on set and is receiving emergency treatment.

The movie “Rust” is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother after their parents died in the 1880s in Kansas, according to The teenager runs away with his longtime grandfather (played by Baldwin) after being sentenced to hang for the accidental murder of a local rancher.

Filming for “Rust” was scheduled to continue in early November, according to a press release from the New Mexico Film Office.

Propeller pistols have been implicated in fatalities on entertainment productions in the past.

Santa Fe County Sheriff's officers respond to scene of an accidental fatal shooting in a Bonanza Creek Ranch movie located near Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, was accidentally shot dead with a propeller pistol while filming “The Crow”. a bullet lodged near his spine.

In 1984, 26-year-old Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a blank weapon while pretending to play Russian roulette on the set of the television series ″ Cover Up . ″

Contribution: Andrea Mandell and The Associated Press

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