Alec Baldwin described filming on the Rust set as ‘exhausting’ prior to being fatally shot with a pretend gun.
Alec Baldwin described filming on the set of his film, Rust, as “exhausting” on Instagram.
“Back to in-person at the office,” he wrote on Instagram shortly after 9 a.m. local time on Thursday.
He is accused of shooting a prop gun five hours later, killing the film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, and injuring director Joel Souza.
Baldwin has not been charged with any wrongdoing, and she was reportedly seen in tears following the incident, with New Mexico law enforcement stating that the inquiry is “open and active.”
Baldwin, 63, was on set near Santa Fe on Thursday, starring and producing the western genre film.
He was present at approximately 1.50 p.m. local time to film a scenario with a prop firearm when it was discharged, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where medical staff pronounced her dead.
Souza, 48, was transported to Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center by EMS and is currently receiving treatment for his injuries.
The film’s production has been halted.
Baldwin’s spokeswoman confirmed that an accident occurred on set when a prop gun loaded with blanks misfired.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Baldwin, 68, was spotted in tears Thursday outside the sheriff’s office, but attempts to reach him for comment were fruitless.
Hutchins, a cinematographer, was verified as the lady fatally shot by the International Cinematographers Guild.
“At the time, the circumstances are unknown, but we are working to learn more and support a thorough inquiry into this unfortunate event,” guild president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine said in a statement.
Hutchins, 42, served as director of photography on Joe Manganiello’s upcoming action picture Archenemy.
She graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015 and was recognized a “emerging star” in 2019 by American Cinematographer.
Deputies rushed to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set around 2 p.m. after 911 calls reported a person being shot on set, sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said.
He stated that detectives were looking into the manner in which the projectile was discharged and the type of projectile used.
Rios said in a statement that the inquiry “remains ongoing and active.”
“There have been no charges filed in connection with this occurrence. Detectives continue to question witnesses.”
According to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office, filming for Rust was scheduled to continue into early November.