Actor Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots And Kills Director On Movie Set

There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks," a spokesperson for Baldwin said in a statement. "Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority."

Actor Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots And Kills Director On Movie Set
Alec Baldwin/Image: Weiss, Getty Image

Actor and Producer, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed a woman and injured a man on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico on Thursday, Santa Fe County sheriff’s office said.

The film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed, and director Joel Souza, 48, was injured when Baldwin, 63, discharged a prop firearm, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Thursday evening.

 

Actor Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots And Kills Director On Movie Set
Alec Baldwin seen on the set after the shooting/ Image credit: NBC news

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Souza was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was receiving emergency care, officials said. Frances Fisher, an actress in the movie, later tweeted that Souza was out of the hospital, although NBC News could not immediately confirm that the director had been released.

There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” a spokesperson for Baldwin said in a statement. “Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”

A representative for Baldwin declined to comment further on the situation when NBC tried to ask questions.

Actor Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots And Kills Director On Movie Set
Halyna hutchins, the movie cinematic director was killled/Image: NBC

Images obtained by NBC News showed Baldwin in a parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. In one photo, the actor is seen bending over by the curbside, and in another speaking on the phone.

Hutchins’ representative declined to comment. She was flown by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said.

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A verified account for the late actor, which says in the bio that it is run by his sister Shannon Lee, tweeted late Thursday that “our hearts go out” to Hutchins’ and Souza’s families and all involved in the incident.

No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.” the account tweeted.

This is a developing story and Investigations are still on-going, SurgeZirc SA will be updating you as the story unfolds.

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