Actor Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots & Kills a Woman Cinematographer during Filming
The actor, 68, was filming a scene for the movie at Bonanza Creek Ranch
Hollywood star Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematography director on set while filming his new western movie "Rust and Wounded."
The actor, 68, was filming a scene for the movie at Bonanza Creek Ranch close to the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the accident happened.
The gun was fired around 1.50 pm, killing 42-year-old photography director Halyna Hutchins.
Writer-director Joel Souza, 48, was badly injured from the shot.
Hutchins was rushed to the University of New Mexico Hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, Souza was taken by ambulance to the Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition.
Baldwin was late taken to Santa Fe detectives' office for questioning.
He was not arrested and later released without charge.
Baldwin was pictured bent over double on the curb with grief outside the office by the New Mexican.
Police say the prop weapon discharged some kind of 'projectile' that hit both Hutchins and Souza.
It is not yet clear what projectile it was or how it was loaded in the weapon.
The gun was fired during the middle of a scene that was either being filmed or rehearsed, the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office said.
A spokesman for the Rust Movies Productions LLC said the shooting involved 'the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.'
A statement from the company added the filming will be halted 'for an undetermined period of time.'
A similar tragedy happened during the filming of The Crow in 1993 where Brandon Lee, the 28-year-old son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, was shot and killed after a dummy round got lodged in the barrel of the gun.
Jon-Erik Hexum was also killed on the set of the TV series Cover Up in 1984 when he accidentally shot himself while playing with a prop gun between takes.