Alec Baldwin Accidentally Kills A Woman, After Firing A Prop Gun On Film Set

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Alec Baldwin has accidentally killed a cinematographer and injured a director after he discharged a prop gun on the set of his new film, authorities confirm.

Reuters reports the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department has confirmed the actor shot photography director Halyna Hutchins and the film's director Joel Souza on location at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico.

It’s believed Hutchins was immediately taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Souza is currently undergoing treatment at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical. It’s unknown at this stage what injuries he has incurred.

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Photo credit: Mat Hayward - Getty Images

The Santa Fe Sheriff's Department has stated that no charges have been filed. The investigation into what happened on the set is ongoing and witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives. The office said in a statement: ‘The investigation remains open and active.’

A spokesperson for Baldwin told Associated Press news agency the shooting involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks. The term 'blank’ is shortened from the term blank cartridge/shell - a tube or case which contains a bullet.

Baldwin is currently filming and co-producing the film titled Rust, which is set in the 1880s. The actor plays a grandfather of a 13-year-old boy who has been convicted of an accidental killing.

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Photo credit: Jim Spellman - Getty Images

Hours before the prop gun firing the 63-year-old 30 Rock star reportedly shared a picture of himself on Instagram on the set of the film. ‘Back to in person at the office. Blimey … it's exhausting, [sic]’ he wrote, according to Reuters. The post has since been deleted.

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Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images

Ukrainian-born Hutchins was a graduate of the American Film Institute and chosen to be one of the American Cinematographer's Rising Stars of 2019.

Earlier this week the 42-year-old shared a photo from the set of Rust with the caption: ‘One of the perks of shooting a western is you get to ride horses on your day off:) [sic]’

We'll continue to update this article as more information comes in.

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