Cinematographer Killed, Director Injured After Alec Baldwin Misfires a Prop Gun on Film Set

Actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun, killing a woman and injuring a man on the set of the 19th century Western film, “Rust,” on Oct. 21 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, the film’s director of photography. She was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital where health personnel pronounced her dead.

The other victim was 48-year-old film director Joel Souza who is being treated for injuries at the Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center.

According to the police, the shooting incident occurred at 1:50 p.m. local time at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, which is often used for Western productions.

Police also said that the investigation “remains open and active.”

“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged,” a law enforcement statement said.

No charges related to the incident have been filed, police further said.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said that film production has been halted for the time being, following the incident.

“The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority,” the spokesperson said.


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