Sheriff: Producer Alec Baldwin fired ‘prop gun’ on a movie set that killed photography chief and injured director


SANTA FE, New Mexico — A woman is dead and at least one more crewmember was injured following an apparent accident involving a prop gun on the set of the upcoming movie “Rust” which was being filmed in Santa Fe.

Police were called to the movie set at Bonanza Creek Ranch around 1:15 p.m. MST.

Law enforcement officials said the incident “involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged.” The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says the gun was fired by producer Alec Baldwin.

The deceased victim was identified as cinematographer Halyna Hutchins —  director Joel Souza was the other wounded person.

It was unclear what type of projectile was fired. Baldwin’s rep said said the apparent tragedy involved “the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.”

The flick was being directed by Souza and is produced by Baldwin.

A spokesperson from Rust Movie Productions LLC told Deadline, “There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks. Two crew members have been taken to the hospital and are receiving care. Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”

No charges have been filed at this time. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

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