A gun spread by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who produces and stars in a western film, killed his cinematographer and injured the director Thursday on the film set outside of Santa Fe, the reports said. authorities.
Santa Fe County Sheriff officials said Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer for the film Rust, and director Joel Souza were shot.
Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical staff, authorities said.
Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.
Production was stopped on the film.
A spokesperson for Baldwin said there had been an accident on set involving the misfiring of a propeller pistol with blanks.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Baldwin, 63, was seen outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday in tears, but attempts to elicit comment from him were unsuccessful.
The victim was the director of photography
The International Cinematographers Guild confirmed that the shot woman was Hutchins, a director of photography.
“Details are unclear at this time, but we are working to find out more and support a full investigation into this tragic event,” Guild President John Lindley and Executive Director Rebecca Rhine said in a statement.
Hutchins, 42, was director of photography on the 2020 action film Archenemy, starring Joe Manganiello. Graduated in 2015 from the American Film Institute, she was named “Rising Star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.
“I am so sad that I lost Halyna. And so furious that it could happen on a set,” Archenemy director Adam Egypt Mortimer said on Twitter. “She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely devoted to art and film.”
I am so sad that I lost Halyna. And so furious that it could happen on a set. He was a brilliant talent who was absolutely devoted to art and film. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vcdFqHsGA0
MPs responded around 2 p.m. to the filming of the film at Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls about a person shot on set, sheriff spokesman Juan Rios said. The ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western News of the World.
He said detectives were investigating the manner and type of projectile fired.
“This investigation remains open and active,” Rios said in a statement. “No charges have been filed regarding this incident. Witnesses continue to be questioned by detectives.”
Filming for Rust was scheduled to continue in early November, according to a press release from the New Mexico Film Office.
American actor Brandon Lee died in 1993 while filming the movie The Crow. (Lacy Atkins / File / The Associated Press)
The film is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother after their parents died in the 1880s in Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database. The teenager runs away with his longtime grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy was sentenced to hang for the accidental murder of a local rancher.
In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a 44 caliber bullet while filming a death scene for the movie The Crow. The gun was believed to have fired blank, but an autopsy revealed a bullet lodged near his spine.
A Twitter account maintained by Lee’s sister Shannon said: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza and everyone involved in the Rust incident. No one should ever be killed. by a gun on a film set. Full stop. “
In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a propeller pistol while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the series. TV Cover Up