Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was pronounced dead on Thursday, after Alec Baldwin accidentally misfired a prop gun on the set of his new movie Rust.
According to a press release shared by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, the actor “discharged” a prop firearm on set, which also injured the film’s director Joel Souza.
Officers were called to the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico, where the incident occurred, at about 1.50 pm on Thursday, after receiving a 911 call.
Halyna, 42, was transported via helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
It’s understood Joel, 48, was treated for his injuries at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, and has since been released.
In a statement obtained by E! News, Alec’s rep confirmed there was “an accident” involving “the misfire of a prop gun with blanks” while filming Rust in New Mexico.
The spokesperson added: “Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”
Goss.ie has reached out to Alec Baldwin’s rep for further comment.
Juan Rios, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said: “This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”
It’s understood detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.
According to a statement released by Rust Movie Productions LLC, the entire cast and crew are “absolutely devastated” over the tragedy.
Offering their “deepest condolences” to Halyna’s family and loved ones, the production company said: “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.”
“We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”