Authorities say Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun on the set of a film in New Mexico on Thursday. The stunt killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.
The incident occurred on the set of the independent feature film “Rust,” the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Reuters.
“The sheriff’s office confirms that two people were shot on the set of Rust. Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography, and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was released by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor,” it said. police in a statement.
No charges have yet been filed in connection with the incident, police said, adding that they were investigating the incident.
Alec Baldwin said Friday that he was “heartbroken” after he fatally shot a cinematographer on set with a gun that was previously said to be safe.
The US actor and producer said he was “fully cooperating” with the police investigation, when law enforcement officers issued a search warrant, and reports emerged of allegedly dangerous working conditions on set.
“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and our co-worker whom we greatly admire,” Baldwin tweeted.
Baldwin was given the firearm by an assistant director who did not know it was loaded and referred to it as a “Cold Pistol” – meaning it contained no ammunition, according to a search warrant seen by the Santa Fe Reporter.
During a rehearsal scene, Baldwin fires a gun, hitting Hutchins in the chest and the director’s shoulder. Hutchins, was transported to hospital by helicopter but died of his injuries.
“My heart breaks for her husband, their son and all who know and love Halyna,” Baldwin wrote.
Filming for “Rust” — a 19th-century Western film starring Baldwin — has been suspended. Souza, the 48-year-old director, was taken by ambulance to hospital and then discharged. [ah/rs]