Monday, October 25, 2021

STRANGE ACCIDENT: Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Cinematographer, Injures Director in Prop Gun Mishap on Set

Source: NY Post

Published: October 21, 2021

By: Kenneth Garger and Elizabeth Rosner

Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and injured a director with a prop gun on the set of the film “Rust” — and the distraught actor repeatedly asked afterwards why he was handed a “hot gun,” a firearm with real ammunition, according to authorities and an eyewitness.

The filming location at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico was sent into lockdown and production was halted following the accidental double shooting around 2 p.m.

“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of ‘Rust’ involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” a production spokesperson told Deadline.

The Western drama’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, and its director, Joel Souza, 48, were struck in the incident, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Hutchins was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and died of her injuries. Souza was being treated at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, authorities said.

Alec Baldwin outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. - Jim Weber/The New Mexican

“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

A distraught Alec Baldwin in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Camino Justicia after being questioned. - Jim Weber/The New Mexican

A distraught Alec Baldwin in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Camino Justicia after being questioned.

Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins are pictured among the cast and crew of “Rust” two days before the tragedy. - Halyna Hutchins/Instagram

Sources told TMZ that either shrapnel or a bullet struck the two workers.

According to an eyewitness, the distressed actor kept frantically asking why he was handed a “hot gun” — a firearm with real ammunition, according to Showbiz411.

“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” Baldwin said repeatedly, according to the witness.

No charges were filed as of late Thursday, and detectives were still interviewing witnesses.

Baldwin was questioned by investigators, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported, and the actor was seen in tears as he spoke into a cellphone outside the sheriff’s office.

In another photo, the actor was seen bent over at the edge of a parking lot with his hands on his knees. 

“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” the production company said in a statement to The Post. 

A prop gun misfired during the filming of “Rust” in New Mexico. - KOAT

Alec Baldwin seen in costume on the set of “Rust.” - Instagram

“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation,” the statement said.

Earlier Thursday, Baldwin — who is starring in and producing the movie — posted a photo of himself on location dressed in a Western outfit, with his shirt and coat stained with fake blood.

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