Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Gun On New Mexico Set, Killing One and Injuring One

Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of a Western movie in Santa Fe County on Thursday, killing the director of photography and injuring the director.

The cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed, and the director, Joel Souza, 48, was injured around 1:50 p.m. on the set of “Rust” at Bonanza Creek Ranch.

Halyna Hutchins, 42, cinematographer of the film “Rust” was killed on Thursday. She was originally from Ukraine, and grew up in the Arctic Circle on a Soviet military base.

Juan Rios, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, said the accident happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed. The circumstances of the shooting are being investigated, with interviews of people on the set helping to determine how the two were shot. No charges have been filed.

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

A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Thursday after he was questioned about a shooting on the set of the film Rust. The sheriff’s office said a prop gun Baldwin was using killed a crew member and wounded the director.

“Rust” is a movie about a 13-year-old boy who goes on the run with his estranged grandfather after the accidental killing of a local rancher, according to the IMDB website. Stars in the film include Frances Fisher and Baldwin, who was also producing the film.

New York Times, Santa Fe New Mexican