In a shocking incident Hollywood Hero Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that left a cinematographer dead and hurt the director on a film set in New Mexico. US law enforcement stated on Friday. The accident took place on the set of “Rust”, where Baldwin is playing the titular role in a 19th century western about an accidental killing.
Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza “were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin,” the sheriff in Santa Fe said in a statement.
Hutchins, 42, was transported to hospital by helicopter but died of her wounds, while Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance and was receiving treatment.
He was later released from hospital, “Rust” actress Frances Fisher tweeted, citing a text from him.
“Mr. Alec Baldwin was interviewed by detectives,” Santa Fe sheriff spokesman Juan Rios told a news agency.
“He provided statements and answered their questions. He came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews. No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.”
The Santa Fe New Mexican published pictures of a distraught-looking Baldwin which it said were taken in the parking lot of the set after the tragedy.
Alec Baldwin Shocked, in tears
The paper said its reporter had seen the actor Baldwin in tears after he had been questioned by investigators.
One photograph shows a man, presumed to be Baldwin, doubled over.
A spokesperson for Alec Baldwin told a lifestyle magazine Thursday that “there was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.”
“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,” a spokesperson from the production told The Hollywood Reporter.
“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation.”
Alec was pictured bloodied between scenes before the tragedy unfolded on Thursday.
Alec Baldwin said he was “exhausted” while filming movie Rust before he accidentally shot and killed a crew member