Prop Fired by Alec Baldwin Leaves One Dead and One Injured

Samantha Elkins, News Editor

On Thursday Oct. 22, actor Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza with a prop firearm during the filming of a new movie “Rust” in New Mexico. 

A helicopter airlifted Hutchins, 42, to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff Office. 

An ambulance transported Souza, 48, to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center for injuries; his current state remains unconfirmed. 

The incident occurred during a scene involving a prop firearm when it went off. Detectives continue to investigate how and what caused the discharge of the bullet. 

According to Baldwin’s recent statements via Twitter, he intends to cooperate with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occured. Baldwin also extends his support to Hutchins’ family and his regards to those who knew and loved Hutchins. 

Hutchins leaves her legacy by her countless cinematographic achievements in a male dominated film industry. This tragic incident is not the first time the use of prop guns resulted in death. Actor Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, died due to a misplaced bullet in a prop gun that was meant to contain soley blanks in 1993 while shooting “The Crow.”

Investigators continue to question witnesses and no files have been reported yet. The film’s production is at a halt while the investigation remains ongoing.