Woman Dead After Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Weapon
By Movieguide® Staff
A woman is dead after actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of his new movie, RUST.
The woman, Halnya Hutchins, was a rising cinematographer and the director of photography for RUST. Director Joel Souza was also injured.
“According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” according to a statement. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
A prop firearm can be lethal when used at close range.
“They all contain a charge, a powder that creates the noise and the explosive, the visual blast, and usually it’s some kind of wire or something that explodes out of the weapon when it’s fired,” said Daniel Oates, the former police chief of Miami Beach and Aurora, Colorado.
Baldwin issued a statement on Instagram addressing the incident.
He wrote: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. 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.”
Baldwin’s brother Stephen asked for prayers on Instagram overnight for the incident.
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