Alec Baldwin Shoots, Kills Crew Member with Prop Firearm on Set

Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of a Western film he was making in New Mexico on Thursday, leaving the film’s director of photography dead and the director injured. 

The cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, was killed and the director, Joel Souza, was injured on the set of “Rust,” according to a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. 

“We’re trying to determine right now how and what type of projectile was used in the firearm,” Juan Rios, the spokesman, said. 

He said the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed, and that the sheriff’s office was interviewing people on set to determine what exactly went wrong, the New York Times reports.

No charges have been filed against anyone in connection with the shooting.

Hutchins was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she later succumbed to her injuries. Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, though his condition was not immediately available.  

 “The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” Rust Movie Productions said in a statement. “We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”