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Alec Baldwin On Fatal Movie Set Shooting Of Director Of Photography Halyna Hutchins: 'There Are No Words'

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Actor Alec Baldwin released a statement Friday after one crew member was killed and a second wounded when he discharged a prop gun on a movie set in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Actor Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Movie Crew Member With Prop Firearm
The set of the movie "Rust" at Bonanza Creek Ranch where a fatal shooting occurred on the set on October 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured on set while filming the movie "Rust" at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 21, 2021. The film's star and producer Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm that hit Hutchins and Souza. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

The shooting occurred on the set of the independent Western movie "Rust."

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography, and 42-year-old Joel Souza, the director, were shot when Baldwin discharged the prop firearm at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set.

Hutchins was rushed to a hospital, where she died. Souza survived his injuries.

"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours," Baldwin wrote on Twitter. "I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."

SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 28: Halyna Hutchins attends the SAGindie Sundance Filmmakers Reception at Cafe Terigo on January 28, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie)

The Santa Fe New Mexican shared photos of a distraught Baldwin outside the sheriff's office following the shooting.

No criminal charges have yet been filed in the incident. Baldwin is a producer on the film.

Sheriff's spokesman Juan Rios told The Associated Press that detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.

"If someone actually put a live round in there, No. 1, that shouldn't have been on set, and No. 2, they should have visually inspected the gun first with a pencil down the barrel and a flashlight to make sure there's no obstruction in the mechanism," veteran movie prop master Bill Davis told CBSLA Thursday. "And No. 3, they need to inspect the round that's going in there. So it sounds to me, if someone actually got killed, which they did, that would have to be a live round of ammunition."

RELATED: Actress Frances Fisher Posts Tribute To Halyna Hutchins, Crewmember Killed In Prop Gun Shooting On Film Set

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