Alec Baldwin Fired a Prop Firearm While Filming in New Mexico, Killing Crew Member and Injuring Film Director

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Alec Baldwin speaking on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe, after he was questioned about the shooting on the set of “Rust” on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican, via Associated Press.

The movie’s director of photography was killed and the director was injured on the set of “Rust,” a Western, a sheriff’s office in New Mexico said.

Alec Baldwin plays Harland Rust in “Rust,” a Western being filmed in Santa Fe County, N.M.Credit…Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Oct. 21, 2021Updated 12:31 a.m. ET

Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of a Western he was making in New Mexico on Thursday, killing the film’s director of photography and wounding the movie’s director, the authorities said.

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,” which is being filmed in Santa Fe County, said Juan Rios, a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation.

Mr. Rios said the shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed. He said the Sheriff’s Office was interviewing people on the set to determine how the two had been shot.

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

Ms. Hutchins was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she later died, Mr. Rios said. Mr. Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. Mr. Souza’s condition was not immediately available.

The film’s producers and a representative for Mr. Baldwin, 63, did not immediately respond to emails or phone calls on Thursday night.

On Thursday morning, Mr. Baldwin posted a photo on Instagram in his film costume, which included what appeared to be a prosthetic wound.

She called herself a “restless dreamer” and an “adrenaline junkie” on her Instagram profile. She posted multiple images this month from the set of “Rust,” including a video on Tuesday of her riding a horse on her day off.

In a statement, John Lindley, the national president of the International Cinematographers Guild, and Rebecca Rhine, the organization’s national executive director, called Ms. Hutchins’s death “devastating news.”

“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” their statement said. “This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s

Alec Baldwin speaking on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe, after he was questioned about the shooting on the set of “Rust” on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican, via Associated Press.