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Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots Dead Director Of Photography With Prop Gun On Movie Set

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Alec Baldwin Accidentally Shoots Dead Director Of Photography With Prop Gun On Movie Set

The director of photography has died after Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun on a movie set.

The local sheriff's office from Santa Fe, New Mexico, said the Hollywood star was the one holding the weapon when it misfired while scenes were being filmed for Rust.

A bullet hit the director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, who was quickly airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital.

However, the 42-year-old died a short time later.

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Her death was confirmed in a statement by the International Cinematographers Guild.

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Credit: Alamy

President of the Guild, John Lindley, and executive director, Rebecca Rhine, said: "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 details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild's family."

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A friend of the late director of photography, Michael Pessah, told Variety: "She's a wonderful, positive, creative person that was so excited to be breaking through and making movies. She was really on the upswing."

Director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident and is being treated at a hospital for his injuries.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Baldwin was distraught over the shocking incident and was in tears.

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A statement from the Sheriff's office says: "The Santa Fe County sheriff's office confirms that two individuals were shot during filming of a scene on the set of the movie western 'Rust'.

"According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged.

"Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged."

Variety reports no one has been arrested or charged over the incident however it remains an 'open and active' investigation.

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity

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