Alec Baldwin makes first statement on New Mexico shooting

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Alec Baldwin has made his first public statement a fatal shooting On the sets of his new film on Thursday.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and highly admired colleague Helena Hutchins,” Baldwin tweeted Friday. “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband, Broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina.”

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The actor was in New Mexico filming his western film “Rust”, which he is starring in and producing. He discharged a prop firearm on set, resulting in the death of 42-year-old Helena Hutchins, the film’s director of photography.

The film’s director Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident.


Investigators said the incident happened around 1:50 p.m. local time on Thursday. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation “remains open and active” and that no charges have been filed.

According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged, a statement from law enforcement said. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

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Such an incident has happened on the sets in the past as well. While filming the movie “The Crow” in 1993, Bruce Lee’s son, actor Brandon Lee, was killed after being shot by a gun that should have just been empty, but a bullet stuck in the barrel.

Blank can also be fatal if fired from too close. In 1984, actor John-Eric Hexum was playing with a gun on the set of “Cover Up: Golden Opportunity” and died after holding the gun to his head and pulling the trigger.


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