Panama City, FL –
Alec Baldwin released his first statement following a shooting in which officials said the actor fired a propeller pistol on the set of his new western, killing one of the crew of the film and injuring another.
Filming took place Thursday afternoon while filming “Rust” in New Mexico and left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead and injured director Joel Souza.
“There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague,” Baldwin tweeted Friday morning. “I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to explain how this tragedy happened and I am in contact with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.
Hutchins was pronounced dead after being airlifted to a hospital. She was 42 years old.
“This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family,” read a statement released by the International Cinematographers Guild.
Souza, 48, was also taken to hospital with a collarbone injury. He owns since been released, according to actor Frances Fisher, one of the stars of the film.
Baldwin had appeared distraught outside the sheriff’s office after the shooting, footage showed.
Before Baldwin’s statement, a spokesperson for the 63-year-old actor described the incident as an accident involving a propeller gun with blank duds. What type of projectile was fired, and how, is still under investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
“This investigation remains open and active,” Sheriff Juan Rios spokesman said in a statement. “No charges have been filed regarding this incident. Witnesses continue to be questioned by detectives.
It’s still unclear how many shots were fired and if Baldwin was playing at the time. In addition to appearing in “Rust,” he is also listed as a producer, according to his Internet Movie Database page.
Propeller pistols fire blank, gunpowder charges that produce a flash and bang but not a hard projectile. But when the trigger is pulled, the paper or plastic batting is ejected from the barrel with enough force to be lethal at close range, as it turned out in the death of an actor in 1984.
In another accident on set in 1993, actor Brandon Lee – son of martial arts star Bruce Lee – was killed after a bullet was left in a propeller pistol while filming “The Crow” . The gun was believed to have fired blank, but an autopsy revealed a bullet lodged near the 28-year-old’s spine.
Following Thursday’s fatal shooting, production was halted on “Rust.” The film is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother after their parents died in Kansas in the 1880s, according to IMDb. The teenager runs away with his longtime grandfather, played by Baldwin, after the boy was sentenced to hang for the accidental murder of a local rancher.
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