• After Alec Baldwin shot a prop gun on set, Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer, died.
  • The prop gun from the “Rust” set was loaded with “a live single round,” according to a union email.
  • Baldwin was able to speak publicly on Friday for the first-time, and he wrote “fully cooperating” with police.

Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the upcoming film “Rust” on Thursday, killing the cinematographer and injuring the film’s director in an on-set incident, authorities say. 

A helicopter transported cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. The director, 48-year-old Joel Souza, was transported via ambulance to Christus St. Vincent’s hospital and has since been released, according to his rep Matt DelPiano. 

USA TODAY obtained an email sent to members of IATSE Local 44, a union of prop makers and other craft persons who work within the entertainment industry, about the incident. The message said the prop gun from the “Rust” set was loaded with “a live single round” and that no Local 44 members were on set. 

According to many, an accidental weapon discharge occurred on Rust Production in New Mexico. The email stated that a live round of ammunition was fired accidentally on the set by the principal actor. 

The general IATSE office had “no comment” on the email sent to Local 44 members but sent a statement of condolences to Hutchin’s family. 

“Our entire alliance mourns this unspeakable loss with Halyna’s family, friends, and the Rust crew,” the Friday statement read. 

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Previously, a spokesperson for Baldwin told The Associated Press there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

Baldwin spoke publicly for the first time Friday in a Twitter thread about the incident, writing he is “fully cooperating with the police.” 

“There is no way to express my sadness and shock at the terrible accident that claimed the life Halyna HUTCHINS, our wife, mother, and dear colleague. He wrote.

“My heart is broken”Alec Baldwin said he was ‘fully cooperating” after the deadly incident with the prop guns

Baldwin also added that he has been in contact with Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, who told Insider in a Friday interview he doesn’t “think there are words to communicate the situation” 

Hutchins explained that he was unable to speak about the details or the processes of the current situation, but that he appreciated the compassion shown by everyone. 

A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears. USA TODAY tried to contact Baldwin but was unsuccessful.

The ‘Rust” set left one dead and 1 hurt.

Deputies responded to a 911 call Thursday afternoon that someone had been shot on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set of “Rust,” according to the sheriff’s office.

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

This aerial video image provided by KOAT 7 News shows Santa Fe County Sheriff's officers responding to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek, Ranch movie on Thursday, Oct. 21.

According to the sheriff’s Office, no charges have yet been brought against anyone involved in this incident. Witnesses are being interviewed by detectives.

“Rust” stars Baldwin, 63, who also serves as a producer on the film. Production has been suspended on the Western.

Hutchins, according to the International Cinematographers Guild, was confirmed as being fatally shot Thursday.

“The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” guild president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine said in a statement.

SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and National Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland released a joint statement Thursday, writing they would be working with producers, unions and authorities to “prevent such a thing from happening again.”

We are shocked by the tragic news. Our hearts go out to the family of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins who has passed away and to Director Joel Souza who is injured and hospitalized,” the statement read. 

“We along with the entire film community in New Mexico are saddened by the tragedy that happened on the set of Rust, yesterday. “We send deepest sympathy to Ms. Halyna Houtchins’ family and keep positive thoughts in our hearts for Mr. Joel Souza’s complete recovery,” said the New Mexico Film Office. 

Hollywood remembers Halyna Hutchins

Director of photography Halyna Hutchins, shown here at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was killed and director Joel Souza was injured on the set while filming the movie "Rust" in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Oct. 21, 2021. The film's star and producer Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm that misfired while loaded with blanks, according to authorities.

Hutchins previously served as director of cinematography for the 2020 action film “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Hutchins, a Ukrainian cinematographer, worked in the first part of her career as an investigative journalist for British documentary productions in Eastern Europe. In 2015 she graduated from the American Film Institute and was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.  Matthew Hutchins was her husband. She has one son.

Continue reading:Halyna HUTCHINS was murdered in an ‘horrifying” prop gun accident. Joe Manganiello offers more tribute

Hutchins most recent Instagram posts featured images of the Bonanza Creek Ranch Set. 

Souza was last seen directing 2019’s “Crown Vic”, a film starring Bridget Moynahan, Thomas Jane and that was also produced in part by Baldwin.

Hollywood started to get reactions on Thursday evening.

“I’m in shock. Halyna Hutchins was my Archenemy DP. An incredible talent & great person. I can’t believe this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? It was a tragic tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with her family,” Manganiello, “Archenemy” star Tweet. 

Baldwin’s younger brother Stephen Baldwin wrote on Instagram, Friday morning: “Asking you for your prayers tonight dear friends” Please pray for everyone involved in this tragedy. 

“I’m so sad about losing Halyna,” TweetAdam Egypt Mortimer was the director of “Archenemy”, and worked alongside Hutchins. “It was so frustrating that this could have happened on a film set. “She was an amazing talent, who was completely committed to both art and film.”

“Absolutely shocking and tragic news concerning Halyna Utchins, cinematographer. “My heart is broken for her family.” WriteFollow Elijah Wood via Twitter

“My greatest fear, however, is that somebody will inflict severe injuries to one of my sets. This will not happen, I pray. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family,” WriteJames Gunn, director 

"Rust" director Joel Souza was shot on the movie's set and is receiving emergency treatment.

The movie “Rust” is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to IMDb.com. The teen goes on the run with his long estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after he’s sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.

Filming for “Rust” was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.

Prop guns have been previously implicated in deaths on entertainment productions.

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The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Officers respond to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, N.M. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the martial-arts star Bruce Lee, was accidentally shot to death with a prop gun while filming the movie “The Crow.″ The gun was intended to have fired a blank, but an autopsy found a bullet lodged near his spine.

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In 1984, Jon-Erik Hexum, 26, died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette on the set of the TV series ″Cover Up.″ 

Contributing: Elise Brisco and Andrea Mandell USA TODAY, The Associated Press

Source: USAToday.com

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