An unfortunate incident comes to an end on a movie set. Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun during the shooting of the upcoming film “Rust” in New Mexico, where he accidentally hit cinematographer Halina Hutchins and injured director Joel Soja around 1:50 p.m., according to CNN. Halina was airlifted to the hospital and unfortunately died of her injuries. According to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, medical staff at the University of New Mexico Hospital pronounced him dead.
Director Joel was taken by ambulance to Christchurch St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center for his injuries. Authorities did not disclose Joel’s condition. The statement said, “According to investigators, the use of a prop firearm was involved in the release of the image that was apparently captured.” “Detectives are investigating how and what kind of project was dropped.”
According to Variety, Guild President John Lindley and Executive Director Rebecca Raine have also issued a statement about the shooting. “This evening we received the devastating news that Halina Hutchins, the director of photography for a production called‘ Rust ’in New Mexico, has died from an injury on set. The details are unclear at this time, but we are working to find out more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss and we mourn the death of a member of our Guild family.
Rust Movie Productions LLC, the production company behind the film, also issued a statement this evening, stating that the cast and crew were “devastated”. Also, the agency acknowledged that they are cooperating fully in the investigation. No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives have begun interviewing witnesses and the incident has remained “open and active”. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.
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