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Alec Baldwin accidently shoots and KILLS female director of photography, 42, with a PROP GUN and wounded the director on the set of new western film
After inadvertently shooting a cameraman dead on the set of his latest film, Alec Baldwin was photographed sobbing and hunched over in agony.
Baldwin, 68, was photographed crying and seeming distressed while conversing on the phone in a parking lot near the set of his western film Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His face was crumpled in anguish in a second photo, which showed him leaned over near a kerb with his hands in his knees and his face crumpled in misery.
The photos were shot on Thursday, approximately 1:50 p.m. local time, when its director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed.
When the prop gun was discharged, writer-director Joel Souza, 48, was also hurt and is in hospital, where his status is unknown.
Hutchins was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Santa Fe by helicopter, where she was declared dead. Souza was transferred to Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe by ambulance, but no more information on his health was provided.
According to a statement from the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office, Baldwin, 68, was the one who fired the prop gun, which unintentionally released a bullet or projectiles at the crew members.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the actor was seen crying outside the sheriff's office following Hutchins' untimely death. He stated going back on set was 'exhausting' in an Instagram post hours before the session.
Alec Baldwin is pictured sobbing after shooting and killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his upcoming movie Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday
It was unclear whether the prop gun used to kill Hutchins was filled with real bullets or if the gunpowder used in theatrical blank cartridges caused some form of debris to fly from the barrel. Baldwin's ability to strike two individuals has remained a mystery, with the sheriff's office continuing its investigation.
Representatives for Baldwin, Souza, and Rust's executive producer did not immediately respond to inquiries from DailyMail.com late on Thursday.
Earlier on Thursday, Baldwin's spokesperson issued a statement to People on the shooting, saying: 'There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.'
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Rust Pictures LLC, which is producing the film, said: 'The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today's tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna's family and loved ones.
'We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department's investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event'
Hutchins' devastated friends were too distraught to talk, but Ariel Vida, a production designer who worked with the director of photography on 2020 film Archenemy confirmed her death to DailyMail.com, tearfully adding: 'I'm sorry, I can't talk about this right now.'
No criminal charges have been filed, but police said that a criminal investigation into the incident is currently active to determine the circumstances of Hutchins' death.
'According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,' sheriff's spokesman Juan Rios said in a statement. 'Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.'
'The incident remains an active investigation. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided,' he added.
Alec Baldwin is seen on the set of Rust with fake blood earlier Thursday, hours before he shot and killed the film's cinematographer. He shared this photo on Instagram with the caption 'Back to in person at the office. Blimey…it's exhausting.' Filming was halted following the fatal incident at the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set in Santa Fe
Halyna Hutchins, 42, (left) was shot dead in the incident on Thursday at the Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where writer-director Joel Souza, 48, (right) was also injured
Police tape cordons of a small church used as a set for the movie, after a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set near Santa Fe on Thursday
Filming for Rust was set to continue through early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office, but production has now been halted on the film.
The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to a synopsis.
The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather, played by Baldwin, after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.
Baldwin stars in the film alongside Travis Fimmel, Jensen Ackles and Frances Fisher.
Earlier on Thursday, Baldwin posted an Instagram photo from the Bonanza Creek Ranch, showing him in full costume, with fake blood on his abdomen. The photo was captioned: 'Back to in person at the office. Blimey…it's exhausting.'
His wife Hilaria also shared a screen grab from a FaceTime conversation with Baldwin earlier in the day, where he appears to be riding in a car on his way to the ranch.
The ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western News of the World.
After the fatal shooting at the movie ranch, a 2017 tweet of Baldwin's resurfaced, in which he responded to video of a police shooting in California by writing: 'I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone...'
That police shooting was later ruled justified.
Following Thursday's tragedy, friends took to Hutchins' Instagram page to leave tributes underneath a video filmed two days ago that showed her riding a horse on her day off.
James Cullen wrote: 'I will miss you my friend. This is devastating.'
Another friend Jack Caswell added: 'I feel like I've had the wind knocked out of me. You will be so missed' while Tina Presley Borek said: 'Heartbroken.'
'I'm so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set,' said Archenemy director Adam Egypt Mortimer on Twitter. 'She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.'
The International Cinematographers Guild also lamented Hutchins' untimely death in a statement.
'The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,' guild president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine said.
Director of photography Halyna Hutchins was killed in the tragic incident on the set of Rust Thursday
A crewmember has been killed on the set (above) of the upcoming Western movie Rust, starring Alec Baldwin, after a prop firearm discharged in a tragic accident
The tragic shooting death is reminiscent of the 1993 death of Bruce Lee's son Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow, where a bullet that was lodged in the barrel of a prop gun was propelled out by a blank round, killing him.
'Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on Rust,' tweeted Brandon Lee's sister Shannon from a tribute account dedicated to her brother. 'No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.'
Hutchins, who lived in Venice Beach, California, was considered one of Hollywood's rising stars - named in a list of cinematographers to watch in 2019 by American Cinematographer.
The daughter of a soldier, Hutchins grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle before going to college in Ukrainian capital Kiev.
She later moved first to the U.K. to work on documentary filmmaking before traveling to LA to study for a master's degree in cinematography and switching to movies.
Her credits include horror film Darlin and, shortly before starting work on Rust, she had completed filming on Blindfire - a crime drama starring Brian Geraghty and Sharon Leal.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Officers respond to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set near Santa Fe. Authorities say a woman has been killed and a man injured Thursday after they were shot by a prop firearm
The fatal shooting appears to have occurred at the small church building (left) that is part of the sprawling movie ranch
Hutchins, who lived in Venice Beach, California, was considered one of Hollywood's rising stars - named in a list of cinematographers to watch in 2019 by American Cinematographer