A woman has died, and a man has been injured, after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set.
Following the incident, the police stated that Baldwin discharged the weapon during filming for the 19th Century western Rust. The woman was taken to hospital but died of her injuries whilst the man, who’s the film’s director Joel Souza, was receiving emergency care.
A spokesperson for the actor revealed that the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks.
The woman, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was working as director of photographer. Police are still investigating the incident at Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular filming location, and no charges have been filed.
Ms Hutchins was from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She studied journalism in Kyiv, film in Los Angeles, and was named a ‘rising star’ by the American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.
In a statement to AFP news agency, a Santa Fe sheriff spokesman said Mr Baldwin had spoken with detectives: ‘He came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews’.
Police said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at around 13:50 local time after receiving an emergency call about a shooting on set.
Baldwin is a co-producer of the film and plays its namesake, an outlaw whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of accidental murder.