A tragedy has occurred on set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust”.
While filming on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set on Thursday, Baldwin “discharged” a prop gun sending one male, 48, to hospital and killing a female crew member, 42, Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Sheriff’s Department has confirmed.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died after being airlifted to hospital. Director Joel Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries.
The statement given to ET reads: “Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set of the western “Rust”, October 21, 2021, when an 911 caller reported a shooting on the set.
“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals 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 discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.”
No charges have been laid and the investigation is still ongoing. Detectives are still interviewing witnesses.
ET has reached out to Baldwin’s rep for comment.
Earlier in the day a spokesperson from “Rust” Movie Productions LLC told Deadline, “There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of ‘Rust‘ involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks. Two crew members have been taken to the hospital and are receiving care. Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”
Jensen Ackles, Frances Fisher, Travis Fimmel and Brady Noon also star in the western that is written and directed by Souza.