Sheriff: Alec Baldwin unloaded propeller pistol on film set that killed 1, injured another

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SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office said Alec Baldwin fired a propeller pistol that killed the director of photography and injured the director while filming near Santa Fe on Thursday after- midday. 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was airlifted to the University of New Mexico hospital on Thursday where she died of her injuries. MPs say the other murdered person, 48-year-old director Joel Souza, was taken to Christus St. Vincent in Santa Fe and is being treated there.

Filming took place at the Bonanza Creek Ranch where the movie “Rust” starring Alec Baldwin is being filmed.

A spokesperson for Rust Film Productions told Deadline that the incident on set was an accident involving the misfiring of a propeller pistol. KRQE News 13 spoke to someone who works in the film industry and directly deals with prop weapons on set. Without speculating on what happened, he says propeller guns are supposed to have a collar and a grip, and live ammunition is never present on a movie set.

So far, no charges have been filed. The investigation remains open and active while detectives interview witnesses. KRQE News 13 has contacted the family that operates the movie ranch as well as Baldwin’s publicist, but has had no response.

Alec Baldwin posted the following statement on Twitter on Friday:

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague. I fully cooperate with the police investigation to explain how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all those who knew and loved Halyna.

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