Authorities said actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

Key points

  • The actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop firearm on a movie set, killing the film’s director of photography and injuring its director, police said
  • Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed and Joel Souza, 48, was injured on the set of “Rust,” a Western being filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
  • The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. No charges have been filed in regard to the incident.

The incident occurred on the set of the independent feature film Rust, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office.

“The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot on the set of Rust,” police said in the statement.

“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.”

Hutchins died after being airlifted to the hospital, and Souza is being treated for injuries sustained in the incident at a medical facility.

According to a Alec Baldwin spokesperson, there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun loaded with blanks.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Baldwin was seen in tears outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday.

Deputies were called to the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set around 2:00 p.m. (local time) after 911 calls reported a person being shot on set, according to sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios.

He stated that detectives were looking into how and what type of projectile was discharged.

“This investigation remains open and active,” Mr Rios said in a statement.

“No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

Filming for Rust was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.

“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” International Cinematographers Guild president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine said in a statement.

Meet Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin, 63, is a co-producer on “Rust” and plays infamous outlaw Harland Rust, whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of an accidental killing. Rust travels to Kansas to break him out of prison and soon the two fugitives must outrun U.S. Marshal Wood Helm and bounty-hunter Fenton ‘Preacher’ Lang.

Earlier Thursday, Baldwin posted an photo of himself on Instagram in costume for the film, complete with what appeared to be fake blood on his shirt.

Recently known for portraying President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” and starring in the NBC comedy “30 Rock,” Baldwin has won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards and been nominated for an Academy Award and a Tony Award.

Alec Baldwin has hosted “SNL” 17 times, more than any other person, and starred in films like “The Departed,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the “Mission Impossible” franchise. He was also the producer on director Souza’s film “Crown Vic,” according to CNBC.

Baldwin has a history of losing his temper, which has included incidents that led to his arrest. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to harassment of another person in connection to a dispute over a parking spot in Manhattan in Nov. 2018. He agreed to undergo anger management counseling in that case.

Before that, he was arrested for riding his bicycle the wrong way by police, who also cited him for disorderly conduct after he allegedly became belligerent with the cops who stopped him.

Alec Baldwin was also acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges after being accused of punching a freelance photographer in California in 1995, breaking the lensman’s nose.

The actor is married to Hilaria Baldwin. They have had six children together. He also has a daughter named Ireland from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

Halyna Hutchins was a married mother

Halyna Hutchins, 42, was director of photography on the 2020 action film Archenemy, starring Joe Manganiello.

A 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute, she was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.

“I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set,” said Archenemy director Adam Egypt Mortimer on Twitter.

“She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”

Born in Ukraine and raised on a Soviet military base ‘surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines’, Halyna Hutchins had trained as a journalist and spent time in Europe working on British documentaries before making the move to Los Angeles, where she had established her career – and started a family.

Remembered by friends as a ‘kind’ and ‘loving soul’, Halyna lived in Venice Beach, California, with her husband Matthew, a lawyer, and their son Andros, known affectionately as her ‘little man’ and thought to be around nine years old.

‘Halyna loved him so much and enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome boy he is today,’ one friend wrote in a moving Instagram tribute. ‘I know she is looking after him and Matt in this horribly scary time.’

Alec Baldwin asked why was he given ‘hot gun’

A distraught Alec Baldwin repeatedly asked why he was given a “hot gun” after his prop weapon discharged on his New Mexico film set Thursday.

Immediately after the incident, an eyewitness told Hollywood gossip site Showbiz 411 that Alec Baldwin started asking how he could have been given a “hot gun” — meaning a firearm loaded with real ammunition.

“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” the actor allegedly kept saying.

The witness said Baldwin was in shock after the ordeal and he “had no idea how badly they were hurt or Halyna was dead.”

The director was being treated at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, authorities said.

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