A tragic incident occurred after actor Alec Baldwin was given a “hot gun” on the set of the movie Rust. It’s been reported that the 63 year old actor was given the gun, which then fired some kind of projectile at the film’s director, Joel Souza, and cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Joel Souza was injured while Halyna Hutchins was killed.
According to a spokesperson for Alec Baldwin, via Fox News, the gun he was given was intended to be used for blanks. It’s been stated that detectives are currently “investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios then further stated:
“This investigation remains open and active,” he explained. “No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”
Actress Frances Fisher has stated that director Joel Souza has since been released from the hospital. As for Halyna Hutchins, she was pronounced dead at the University of New Mexico Hospital after being airlifted. As of this writing, production on the film Rust has been halted.
BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer-director. How on earth could this have happened?
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This event definitely calls to mind the similarly unfortunate incident in which actor Brandon Lee was killed while filming the movie The Crow. Another actor had been given a prop gun, much like Alec Baldwin, which wasn’t supposed to be loaded. Unfortunately, it was, and during the filming of a scene, actor Brandon Lee was hit with a projectile which lodged into his spine. The actor sadly died soon after.
This story is developing and we will be sure to update as new information comes out.