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

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a firearm at a film filmed Thursday, killing his director of photography and injuring his director, police said.

Halina Hutchins, 42, was killed and Joel Sousa, 48, was killed on the set of the western “Rust” filmed at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe, New Mexico, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Hutchins was flown by helicopter to the 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. No charges have been brought.

“We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico, has died from injuries sustained on set,” said John Lindley, President of International International. Cinematographers Guild, and Rebecca Ryan, CEO, in a statement to Variety.

“Details are unclear at this time, but we are working to find out more, and support a full investigation into this tragic incident,” the statement read. “This is a huge loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our guild’s family.”

Hutchins graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015 and worked on several short films before filming “Archenemy,” a 2020 feature film starring Joe Manganiello. Originally from Ukraine, she has a graduate degree in International Journalism from Kiev National University and previously worked as an investigative journalist with British documentary productions in Europe.

In 2019, she was selected as one of the rising stars of American cinematographer.

Hutchins’ death echoes the death of actor Brandon Lee, son of martial arts movie legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee died after being shot by a prop pistol while filming “The Raven” in 1993.

“Today’s incident occurred at the Rust Group in New Mexico that involved a misfired, blanking pistol,” a Baldwin spokesperson said in a statement to NBC News. Production is currently discontinued. The safety of our staff remains our top priority.”

Baldwin, 63, is a co-producer of “Rust” and plays the infamous outlaw Harland Rust, whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of accidental murder. Rust travels to Kansas to get him out of prison, and the two fugitives must soon outsmart Marshal Wood Helm and bounty hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang.

Earlier Thursday, Baldwin posted a photo of himself on Instagram wearing a costume for the movie, complete with what appeared to be fake blood on his shirt.

Most recently best known for portraying President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” and starring in the comedy “30 Rock” on NBC, Baldwin has won multiple Emmys, Golden Globes and been nominated for an Academy Award and a Tony Award.

Baldwin has hosted “SNL” 17 times, more than anyone else, and has starred in films like “The Departed,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and the “Mission Impossible” franchise. He was also the producer in Souza’s “Crown Vic”.

Baldwin has a history of losing his temper, including incidents that led to his arrest. In 2019, he pleaded guilty to harassing another person in connection with a Manhattan parking lot dispute in November 2018. He agreed to submit to anger management counseling in the case.

Prior to this, he was arrested by the police for riding his bike the wrong way, and also cited him for disorderly conduct after he allegedly became warring with the cops who stopped him.

Baldwin was also acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges after he was accused of beating up a freelance photographer in California in 1995, resulting in a broken lens’ nose.

The actor is married to Hilaria Baldwin. They had six children together. He also has a daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage to actress Kim Basinger.

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