Thursday, on a set of an Alec Baldwin starring Western, entitled “Rust,” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and Director Joel Souza were shot after a prop gun fired by Baldwin misfired in what the actor today called a “tragic accident.”
Though Souza was only wounded, Halyna Hutchins was killed by the misfire on set that took place on the outskirts of Santa Fe. A spokesperson for Baldwin said a prop gun with blanks misfired, and a spokesperson for the Santa Fe County sheriff said that detectives were investigating what type of projectile was shot and how. Prop guns are supposed to fire blanks, gunpowder charges that produce a flash and a bang, but no hard projectile. Despite this though, the paper or plastic wadding that is ejected from the barrel when the trigger is pulled does have enough force that it could be lethal at close range.
Not much is known about the incident. It was not clear if Baldwin was performing at the time of the shooting, or just how many rounds were fired. Little is also known about the weapon either. Sheriff’s spokesperson Juan Rios said that detectives were at the set Friday morning to gather evidence and information. He says that Baldwin is permitted to travel, “he’s a free man,” Rios said. Images of the 63-year-old actor showed him distraught outside of the sheriff’s office on Thursday.
Baldwin took to Twitter to write, “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.” Showing his remorse for an all-around tragic accident that should’ve never happened.