Alec Baldiwin fired a prop gun which killed a cinematographer and wounded a director on a film set.

The incident happened on the set of Baldwin’s film Rust.

A prop gun being used by the actor misfired, killing Halyna Hutchins and wounding Joel Souza.

Cinematographer Hutchins was transported to New Mexico Hospital where she died.

The movie was being filmed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the incident happened yesterday.


Police were called to the scene quickly following the incident.

A statement confirmed Hutchins and Souza were shot when a prop firearm discharged.

No one was arrested and no charges have been filed.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office said the incident remained under investigation and more updates would follow.

Director James Gunn, known for his work on Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad said the incident was his “greatest fear”.

He said: “My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen.

“My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.”


The family of Brandon Lee, an actor who was shot and killed by a prop gun during the filming of The Crow in 1993, offered their condolences.

A tweet said: “Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on “Rust”.

“No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”

What is Rust?

Rust tells the story of Harlan Rust, an outlaw played by Baldwin who goes on the run with his grandson after the 13-year-old accidentally kills a rancher.

The film was being shot on a ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the same filming location as Cowboys & Aliens and 3:10 to Yuma.

It was written by director Joel Souza, and as well as Baldwin features Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon and Frances Fisher.