Actor Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set, killing one and injuring another

Production has been halted on the film. 

Updated: October 22, 2021 - 12:19am

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set of his new Western movie in New Mexico on Thursday, killing his photography director and injuring the director, the local sheriff’s department said.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for the movie "Rust," was fatally shot while director Joel Souza was wounded.

Hutchins, 42, was pronounced dead after being airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital, officials said.

Souza, 48, was being treated at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, The Associated Press reported.

Production has been halted on the movie, AP said. 

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported the 68-year-old Baldwin was seen outside the sheriff's office in tears.

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