(The AEGIS Alliance) – Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a fatal gunshot and killed a movie crew member using a “prop firearm” in the course of a movie shoot in New Mexico, according to authorities on Thursday.
Baldwin had been recording a scene for the film “Rust” at the time the prop firearm was discharged, deputies stated.
“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of ‘Rust’ involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” a representative for Baldwin informed People Magazine.
At about 1:50 p.m. Mountain Time, the sheriff’s office received a 911 call and responded to the Bonanza Creek Ranch after the caller stated that “an individual had been shot on set,” the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department wrote in a news release.
The incident is currently under investigation by authorities and no charges have been filed at this time.
Age 42 Halyna Hutchins who worked as the director of photography for the flick, passed away at the University of New Mexico Hospital located in Albuquerque, according to Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office representative Juan Ríos. The movie’s director named Joel Souza was taken to a hospital in Santa Fe.
“We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the Director of Photography on a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico died from injuries sustained on the set,” John Lindley, president of the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600, and also Rebecca Rhine, the corporate director, stated, according to Variety.
“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” they wrote. “This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”
While detectives have currently verified that a prop firearm had been discharged, they’re still trying to find out what kind of projectile was actually fired.
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