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Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set, killing director of photography

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SANTA FE, New Mexico (AP) — A prop firearm discharged by veteran US actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring in and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director on Thursday at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said.

Santa Fe Sheriff officials said Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for the movie “Rust,” and director Joel Souza were shot.

Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, authorities said. Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries. Production has been halted on the film.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported that the 68-year-old Baldwin was seen on Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get comment from him were unsuccessful.

The International Cinematographers Guild confirmed that the woman fatally shot was Hutchins, a cinematographer. “The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn........

© The Times of Israel

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