Update: According to the New York Post, the prop masters union had sent an email to members stating that, “a single live round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor” reported by Indie Wire.
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Alec Baldwin fatally shot a crew member and injured another on Thursday when he discharged a prop gun during filming of a movie, New Mexico officials say.
The actor has not been charged as officials continue to investigate. Detectives are attempting to determine “how and what type of projectile was discharged,” KOB reported.
The shooting happened on the set of “Rust,” a Western film set in the 1880s. Baldwin stars in the movie and is also a producer.
Baldwin was “unaware of the type of ammunition in the gun,” Deadline reported.
Halyna Hutchins, the 42-year-old director of photography for the movie, was shot on the set and died at an Albuquerque hospital, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. Joel Souza, the film’s director, was also shot and was “receiving emergency care” at a Santa Fe hospital, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
Photos shared by the Santa Fe New Mexican show a distraught Baldwin after he was reportedly questioned Thursday by sheriff’s deputies.
Hutchins was a 2015 graduate from the American Film Institute and in 2019 was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer.
“She’s a wonderful, positive, creative person that was so excited to be breaking through and making movies,” Michael Pessah, a cinematographer who was a friend of Hutchins, told Variety. “She was really on the upswing.”
Adam Egypt Mortimer, the director of “Archenemy,” in which Hutchins was a part of the crew, said on Twitter Thursday he was “so sad about losing Halyna and so infuriated this could happen on a set.”
“Rust” employs about 75 crew members and 22 actors, according to the New Mexico Film Office. It follows a 13-year-old boy who is “left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880’s Kansas, goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (Baldwin) after he’s sentenced to hanging for the accidental killing of a local rancher.”
Production has reportedly been halted on the film.
Baldwin, famous for TV roles on “30 Rock” and portraying former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” has not publicly commented on the shooting.
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