On Thursday, there was a shooting on the set of ‘Rust.’ The New Mexico Sheriff’s office said that the director of photography of the Western movie was killed while the director was injured. Alec Baldwin fired the fatal shot by discharging a prop firearm. The matter is under investigation and no one has been charged, as of now.
As per a report by the New York Times, Juan Rios, who is a spokesman for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, said that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and Joel Souza was injured around 1.30 p.m. They were on the set of ‘Rust’ which was filmed at Santa Fe.
Mr Rios noted that the shooting occurred in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed at the Bonanza Creek Ranch. They were interviewing crew members on the set to understand how the incident had unfolded and how the 42-yea old cinematographer and the 48-year old director were shot.
A spokesman for Alec Baldwin said that the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun that had blanks according to a report by BBC.
A Santa Fe sheriff spokesman told AFP news agency that Mr. Baldwin came in “voluntarily” and he left the building after he finished with the interviews.
The actor, who received huge acclaim for his role in 30 Rock with Tina Fey as well for his portrayal of Donald Trump in Saturday Night Live, was visibly disturbed and shattered. He was grief stricken and was seen weeping, in photos.
Baldwin, a co-producer on the film, was playing the role of an infamous outlaw. The story line is that the outlaw Harland Rust’s 13-year old grandson is convicted of an accidental murder and the movie explores their bonding and their lives’ journey.
Fatal gun accidents have happened in the past as well. In 1993, Brandon Lee was accidentally shot with a prop gun. The 28-year old son of the legendary Bruce Lee was shooting a death scene for the movie ‘The Crow.’