• December 6, 2021

Baldwin fires gun on movie set, killing cinematographer, authorities say

Police have confirmed Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of western Rust on Thursday, accidentally killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

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The Sante Fe, New Mexico Sheriff’s Department released a statement on Thursday night that it was lead actor Baldwin, who plays an infamous outlaw in the movie, who discharged the prop gun.

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“Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set of the western after receiving an emergency call about a shooting on the set. They found two wounded individuals, 42-year-old Hutchins and Souza, 48,” a statement from the Sheriff’s office read.

“(They) were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.” .

The statement continued, “According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged. Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

Hutchins was flown by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she was pronounced dead.

Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, and is undergoing treatment for his injuries, Deadline reports.

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