Alec Baldwin discharged prop gun in accident that killed cinematographer, injured director, authorities say

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The director of photography is killed and the director is injured in an accident involving a firearm on the set of the upcoming film “Rust”. Star alec baldwin Officials say the prop gun was discharged during the shooting of a scene on Thursday.

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A helicopter carried 42-year-old cinematographer Halyana Hutchins to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Director Joel Souza, 42, was taken by ambulance to Christus St Vincent Hospital and is receiving emergency treatment for his injuries.

“According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was released,” a release from the sheriff’s office said. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”


According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy responded to a 911 call Thursday afternoon that someone had been shot at “Rust’s” Bonanza Creek Ranch set.

The incident is still under active investigation and no charges have been filed, the sheriff’s office said. The interrogation of witnesses is on.

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“Rust” stars Baldwin, who also serves as the film’s producer.

A Baldwin spokesperson told the Associated Press that there was an accident on set that involved a prop gun misfire with Blank.

Granthshala has contacted a representative for Baldwin for comment.

According to, the film “Rust” is about a 13-year-old boy who is left in Kansas in the 1880s to care for himself and his younger brother after the death of his parents. The teen runs away with his long-estranged grandfather after being sentenced to death for the accidental murder of a local rancher.

Contribution: Associated Press

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