According to New Mexico police, Alec Baldwin was using a fake pistol on a movie set, when he accidentally shot two people.killing Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography, and injured the movies director Joel Souza. Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office claimed that in an incident on Thursday, Oct 21, Baldwin, appearing in and producing Rust, “discharged” a fake gun, reports News.com.
Hutchins died after being airlifted to a hospital in Albuquerque by a medical chopper. Souza was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation; no charges have been filed yet. Sante Fe’s Bonanza Creek Ranch, where the ranch’s production had been shut down, was placed on lockdown.
Officials from the sheriff’s department confirmed the following: “According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged. Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Since graduating from the American Film Institute in 2015, Halyna Hutchins has mainly worked on short films; however, she lensed the upcoming movie Archenemy. It was an honor to pay tribute to him on behalf of the International Cinematographers Guild.
In a statement, Local 600 president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine stated, “We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography on a production called Rust in New Mexico, died from injuries sustained on the set.”
“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working on learning more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”
There have been no arrests or charges filed, and the inquiry is still “open and active,” according to a rep for Alec Baldwin.
Jensen Ackles, formerly of Supernatural, appears in the film as well. Known outlaw Rust has a 13-year-old grandson on trial for a murder he didn’t commit. Alec portrays him.
As a U.S. Marshal and a bounty hunter pursue Rust and his estranged grandson after breaking their grandson out of jail, an unusual relationship emerges.