October 25, 2021: -Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set Thursday, killing the film’s director of photography and injuring its director, police said.
Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed, and Joel Souza, 48, was injured on the set of “Rust,” a Western being filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office.
Hutchins was transported via helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Souza was brought to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to undergo treatment for his injuries.
The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. No charges have been filed.
“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,” said John Lindley, the president of the International Cinematographers Guild, and Rebecca Rhine, the executive director, in a statement to Variety.
“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working on learning more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” the statement read. “This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”
Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She was involved in several short films before working on “Archenemy,” a 2020 feature film starring Joe Manganiello.
Originally from Ukraine, she held a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University and previously worked as an investigative journalist with British documentary productions in Europe.
In 2019, she was selected as one of American Cinematographer’s rising stars.
Hutchins’ death echoes that of actor Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts movie legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee died after being shot by a round from a prop gun while filming for the movie “The Crow” in 1993.
“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust which involves the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” a spokesperson for Baldwin said in a statement to NBC News. “Production has been halted for the time being. The safety cast and crew remains our top priority.”