Tragic: Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

Alec Balwin
Alec Balwin is a co-producer of the film Rust, which was being filmed in New Mexico

A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set.

Police in the US state said Mr Baldwin discharged the weapon during filming for the 19th Century western Rust.

The woman was taken to hospital but died of her injuries. The man, the film’s director, was receiving emergency care.

Detectives are investigating the incident at Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular filming location.

The woman has been named as 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, who was working as director of photography. The man being treated is Joel Souza, 48, the film’s director.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and no charges have yet been filed.

According to her personal website, Ms Hutchins was from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She studied journalism in Kyiv, and film in Los Angeles, and was named a “rising star” by the American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.

She was the director of photography for the 2020 action film Archenemy, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer.

“I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set,” Mr Mortimer said in a tweet. “She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”

In a statement to Variety magazine, the International Cinematographer’s Guild said Ms Hutchins’ death was “devastating news” and “a terrible loss”.

Police said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Bonanza Creek Ranch at around 13:50pm MST (19:50 GMT) after receiving an emergency call about a shooting on set.

Mr Baldwin, 68, is a co-producer of the film and plays its namesake, an outlaw named Rust, whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of an accidental murder.

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