By Chris King • 22 October 2021 • 6:02
A cinematographer has been shot and killed by 68-year-old movie star Alec Baldwin on the set of his latest Western film, Rust. It is reported that the tragic incident occurred while a prop gun was being used to film a scene on the afternoon of Thursday, October 21.
Halyna Hutchins, aged 42, was the Director of Photography on location at the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joel Souza, the 48-year-old writer-director was also injured in the incident.
In a statement from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office, it has been confirmed that Baldwin was the person who discharged the prop gun. It is not known how the gun accidentally fired the projectile that killed Halyna Hutchins. The police have not filed any charges against Mr Baldwin, and an investigation is underway.
Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office reported in its statement that a 911 call was placed at around 1.50pm on Thursday afternoon, saying that an individual had been shot in the arm. Officers responded to the scene. “According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged”, they said, adding, “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged”.
A 42-year-old female had been airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, said the statement. Adding that another male is being treated for injuries at Cristus St. Vincent’s Hospital after being rushed there by ambulance, and is expected to survive, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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