Actor Alec Baldwin says he is fully cooperating with the police investigation into the accidental shooting death of director of photography Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film "Rust" in New Mexico. The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said a prop gun was "discharged by Alec Baldwin" and that an investigation was ongoing. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting and was released from an area hospital on Thursday night.
- According to an email to members from IATSE Local 44, the gun used contained a live round and the propmaster of the production was not a member of the union. A spokesperson for the production called the shooting "a misfire of a prop gun with blanks."
- "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins," Baldwin tweeted.
- Baldwin was questioned and released on Thursday at the sheriff's office headquarters.
- The shooting is renewing discussions of how prop guns are used on film and television sets. The use of firearms on sets is typically subject to significant training and strict safety requirements.
- The Ukrainian-born Hutchins worked as an investigative journalist on documentary films in Europe before graduating from the American Film Institute in 2015. She was the cinematographer of the films "Archenemy," "Darlin'," and "Blindfire."