Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set
Alec Balwin is a co-producer of the film Rust, which was being filmed in New Mexico. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A man has been injured and a woman has died after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set.

Police said Mr Baldwin, 68, discharged the weapon during filming for the 19th Century western Rust.

The woman was taken to hospital but died later. The man was the film’s director and he was receiving emergency care.

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

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

No charges have yet been filed, but police are continuing to investigate the incident.

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

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

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

The International Cinematographer’s Guild said in a statement to Variety magazine that Ms Hutchins’ death was “devastating news” and “a terrible loss”.

Alec Baldwin 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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