Brandon Lee's Sister Speaks Out As Rust Cinematographer Is Killed By Prop Gun
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The sister of late actor Brandon Lee has said that 'no-one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set', after Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun on the set of a western, killing a cinematographer.
Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, was killed in 1993 aged 28 after he was shot on the set of the film The Crow.
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. :broken_heart:
- Brandon Bruce Lee (@brandonblee) October 22, 2021
On Thursday (21 October) a similar incident on the New Mexico set of Baldwin's film Rust saw the director of photography Halyna Hutchins get fatally shot, while director Joel Souza was injured and taken to hospital. He has now been discharged.
A statement on Lee's official Twitter account, which is run by his sister Shannon, said: "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."
Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, authorities said.
Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St Vincent Regional Medical Centre, where he is undergoing treatment.
Photographs published by The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper show an emotional Baldwin doubled over and apparently in tears outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded at about 2pm to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls came in of a person being shot on set, sheriff's spokesman Juan Rios said.
He said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.
In a statement, Mr Rios said: "This investigation remains open and active.
"No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives."
Filming for Rust was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office, but now production has been halted.