Alec Baldwin has shared his “shock and sadness” over the shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film Rust near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“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. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred,” Baldwin said in a statement on Twitter Friday morning.
“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,” the actor added.
Hutchins, 42, was the director of photographer on the Western Rust. She died Thursday after being shot on set by a prop gun fired by Baldwin, who is the film’s star and producer. [Hutchins is shown in the below Instagram post].
IATSE Local 44, which represents prop workers, sent an email to its members Friday saying the gun involved in the shooting contained a “live” round, adding that the film’s prop master was not a member of the union.
Local 44 described the shooting as “an accidental weapons discharge,” in the email obtained by Indiewire. The union added that “a live single round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor, hitting both the Director of Photography, Local 600 member Halnya Hutchins, and Director Joel Souza … Local 44 has confirmed that the Props, Set Decoration, Special Effects and Construction Departments were staffed by New Mexico crew members. There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet.”
Director Joel Souza, 48, was also struck and injured in the shooting. According to published reports, he was treated at an area hospital and released.
Hutchins’ personal website says she was a Los Angeles based union cinematographer who graduated from the AFI conservatory in 2015. She was selected as one of American Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of 2019 as well as a cinematographer for the 21st Century Fox DP Lab in 2018.
Hutchins was originally from Ukraine. Her other film credits included Blindfire, Archenemy, and Darlin’.