Oct 22, 2021
By Jane Brown
The investigation continues into tragic events on the set of an Alec Baldwin movie near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Confirmed by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, a prop firearm discharged by the veteran actor, who is starring in and producing the Western, killed his director of photography and injured the director.
A Baldwin spokesperson said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.
Prop guns usually fire blanks, producing a flash and a bang but not a hard projectile.
A sheriff’s spokesperson says detectives are probing how and what type of projectile was discharged.
(Rust director of photography Halyna Hutchins. Fred Hayes / Getty Images for SAGindie file)
42-year-old Halyna Hutchins was killed.
48-year-old director Joel Souza was initially hospitalized with his injuries but is said to have been released.
(Alec Baldwin leans over in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s offices after being questioned on the shooting. Jim Weber / The New Mexican)
The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper is reporting the 63-year-old Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears.
Production on the film called Rust has been halted.