Alec Baldwin ‘discharged’ prop gun that left cinematographer useless and director hospitalized on ‘Rust’ film set

UPDATE: On Thursday about 7 p.m. MST, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office reported that, “Halyna Hutchins, 42, director of photography and Joel Souza, 48, director, were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.” Souza was nonetheless present process remedy for his accidents. Officials stated detectives are interviewing witnesses, because the case stays open and energetic, and that no expenses have been filed.

John Lindley, the president of the International Cinematographers Guild, and Rebecca Rhine, the group’s nationwide government director, gave an announcement to Deadline: “We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the Director of Photography on a production called Rust in New Mexico died from injuries sustained on the set. “The particulars are unclear at this second, however we’re working to study extra, and we assist a full investigation into this tragic occasion. This is a horrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s household.”


A shooting on the New Mexico set of the Alec Baldwin movie Rust left one person dead and another in critical condition Thursday.

At 1:50 p.m. MST, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call that someone had been shot where the movie was filming at Santa Fe’s Bonanza Creek Ranch. According to a news release, investigators reported that two individuals were shot when a prop firearm was discharged. As of late Thursday, they were still working to determine exactly what happened.

A 42-year woman was taken by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, where she later died. (Deadline reported that she was a member of the crew.) A male victim, also 42, took an ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he is receiving emergency treatment.

Rust is described on IMDb as a Western, the story of a 13-year-old boy in 1880’s Kansas who, charged with protecting himself and his little brother after the death of their parents, “goes on the run together with his lengthy estranged grandfather after he is sentenced to hold for the unintentional killing of an area rancher.”

Baldwin, who’s also a producer on the film, plays Harland Rust. Supernatural‘s Jensen Ackles and Frances Fisher, of Unforgiven and Titanic, also are part of the cast. Joel Souza, who last worked on the movie Crown Vic, which was also produced by Baldwin, is the writer-director.

He told the Hollywood Reporter how he ended up doing a Western in a June 2020 interview: “Well, it wasn’t clearly one thing I used to be getting down to do. I simply beloved the story. As was the case with Crown Vic, a film that I made with [Joel] Souza, I really like Joel’s writing. Love is a phrase that’s so overused, however I actually do love his writing. I used to be going to do Crown Vic, however the schedule saved altering and I wasn’t accessible. So I produced after which when this chance got here up, on one other draft of a script by Joel, I used to be elated. It wasn’t even that I used to be seeking to do a Western, I used to be simply on the lookout for one thing a bit of extra cinematic with rather less speaking. There’s nice dialog, however the movie is balanced by some actually beautiful cinematics. Hopefully. We have not shot it but. But in my thoughts it appears to be like nice.”

This story was originally published on Oct. 21, 2021 at 6:52 p.m. PT.