SANTA FE, N.M. — A cinematographer was killed and a director wounded Thursday in an accidental shooting on the set of “Rust,” a Western film starring Alec Baldwin, multiple news outlets are reporting. Baldwin, 63, discharged the gun on the movie set in New Mexico, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
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Authorities identified the slain victim as Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old cinematographer, The Associated Press reported. The film’s director, 48-year-old Joel Souza, was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries, officials said.
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No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, which remains under investigation, authorities said.
Film industry organizations and colleagues of the victims took to social media to react to the incident. Here’s what they were saying:
Rust Movie Productions LLC, the film’s production company
“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,” the company said in a statement released to The New York Times and Variety. “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.”
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Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio
SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher and National Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland issued the following...Posted by SAG-AFTRA on Thursday, October 21, 2021
International Cinematographers Guild
Statement from @ICGLocal600 on the death of Halyna Hutchins, cinematographer killed on the set of ‘Rust’. (via @abcnews | https://t.co/waMCNMt2uv) pic.twitter.com/7KvMXviXx7— Dell Cameron (@dellcam) October 22, 2021
Shannon Lee, sister of late actor Brandon Lee
Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on “Rust”. No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period. 💔— Brandon Bruce Lee (@brandonblee) October 22, 2021
Joe Manganiello, ‘Archenemy’ actor
I’m in shock. I was so lucky to have had Halyna Hutchins as my DP on Archenemy. An incredible talent & great person. I can’t believe this could happen in this day and age… gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to her family pic.twitter.com/W479ch56Js— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) October 22, 2021
Adam Egypt Mortimer, ‘Archenemy’ director
I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set. She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vcdFqHsGA0— Adam Egypt Mortimer (@adamegypt) October 22, 2021
James Gunn, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director
My greatest fear is that someone will be fatally hurt on one of my sets. I pray this will never happen. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 22, 2021
Elijah Wood, actor
Absolutely horrifying and devastating news about cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. My heart goes out to her family.— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) October 22, 2021
Patricia Arquette, actress
My heart goes out to Halyna Hutchins family. What a heartbreaking loss. Sending prayers to Joel Souza. I’m sure everyone is devastated. Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed DP and Wounded Director – Variety https://t.co/3apNSUokUb— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 22, 2021
C. Robert Cargill, screenwriter
I loved Halyna Hutchins’ work so much. It’s not only a tragic loss for cinema but to so many of you I know who worked with her. You and her family are all in my thoughts tonight. I’m heartbroken for you all.— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) October 22, 2021
Sidra Smith, producer and casting director
Elle Schneider, cinematographer and director
Sick and devastated to hear that my friend and rockstar cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed on set today in New Mexico. I don't have words to describe this tragedy. I want answers. I want her family to somehow find peace among this horrific, horrific loss. pic.twitter.com/ElAQNMuQvR— 𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊 𝖘𝖕𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖗 🕷️🕸️ (@elleschneider) October 22, 2021
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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