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'Rust' director says he's 'gutted' by loss of colleague after fatal shooting

The upcoming film "Rust's" director Joel Souza said that he is "gutted" by the loss of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was fatally shot by actor Alec Baldwin with a loaded prop gun on Thursday.

"I am gutted by the loss of my friend and colleague, Halyna. She was kind, vibrant, incredibly talented, fought for every inch, and always pushed me to be better," Souza said in a statement first reported by Deadline

"My thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time," the director continued. "I am humbled and grateful by the outpouring of affection we have received from our filmmaking community, the people of Santa Fe, and the hundreds of strangers who have reached out..... It will surely aid in my recovery."

According to an affidavit released Friday, the assistant director gave Baldwin the prop gun and said "cold gun," meaning there was no ammunition in the weapon. However, the assistant director did not know that live rounds were in the gun.

Hutchins was transported to the University of New Mexico hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Souza was transported to the Christus St. Vincent Medical Center to be treated for injuries and was later released.

Baldwin, who was also a producer on the movie, said Friday that there are "no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours."

The actor said he was fully cooperating with the investigation and was in touch with Hutchin's family.

"My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna," Baldwin tweeted.

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