Alec Baldwin accidentally fires prop gun on Rust set, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins - sheriff

Alec Baldwin accidentally fires prop gun on Rust set, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
Alec Baldwin; Halyna Hutchins. Photo credit: Getty Images

A woman has been killed on a US film set after a prop gun Alec Baldwin was holding misfired, according to authorities.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured by the gunfire.

A statement from the Santa Fe sheriff confirmed Baldwin had fired the prop gun.

The accident happened on the set of independent Western film Rust, which is being produced in New Mexico.

A spokesperson from the production told The Hollywood Reporter the prop gun was supposed to be loaded with blanks. 

"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," the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

"This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident."

Authorities responded about 2pm on Thursday (local time) to the film set. Hutchins was flown to a hospital in Albuquerque where she was pronounced dead.

Souza is reportedly critically injured and is being treated at a hospital in Santa Fe.

The International Cinematographer's Guild said Hutchins' death was "devastating news" and "a terrible loss", according to the BBC.

Earlier in the day, Baldwin posted a photo on Instagram from the set of Rust.

"Back to in person at the office. Blimey, it’s exhausting," he captioned the image.

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