Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on set of movie, killing a crew member and injuring director

Alec Baldwin on Oct 7, 2021 at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

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The director of photography working on an Alec Baldwin movie was killed and the film’s director was injured when the actor fired a prop firearm on set Thursday, 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, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Hutchins was transported via helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Souza was brought to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center to undergo treatment for his injuries.

The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation and no charges have been filed in regard to the incident.

“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” a spokesperson for Baldwin said in a statement to NBC News. “Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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