Story at a glance

  • Alec Baldwin was in New Mexico Thursday filming for his upcoming Western movie “Rust.”.
  • The prop gun Baldwin was handling misfired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.
  • No arrests or charges have been filed, and the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Actor Alex Baldwin is reportedly devastated after a mishap with a prop gun on set left one person dead and another injured.

“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” the production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, told the New York Post.

Baldwin was on set filming for the upcoming Western movie “Rust” at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico Thursday when the prop gun he was handling misfired, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. Souza remains in the hospital.

It’s unclear whether the gun contained blanks or what was discharged.


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“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said.

Witnesses told Showbiz411 that Baldwin was distraught and repeatedly said, “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun.” He can be seen in photos by the Santa Fe New Mexican distressed speaking on his phone and doubled over with his hands on his knees.

“Mr. Baldwin was questioned by investigators and released,” a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department official told Deadline. “No arrests or charges have been filed.”

Filming and production has been suspended pending an investigation. Baldwin hasn’t issued a statement at this time.


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Published on Oct 22, 2021