Alec Baldwin kills one individual, injures another with a prop gun that was “misfired” on a movie set

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officers respond to the scene of a fatal accident footage on a film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Authorities say a woman was killed and a man injured on Thursday was shot and killed by a prop gun on a film set outside of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said a 42-year-old woman was flown to a hospital where she died while a 42-year-old man was receiving emergency treatment at another hospital. (Luis Sanchez-Saturno / Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

On the set of Alec Baldwin’s western film Rust, the fugitive actor reportedly killed a 42-year-old woman and “misfired” another person with a “prop gun” loaded with “spaces”.

Personally, I have never seen a prop gun that could fire real ammunition. In all fairness a lot of them don’t fire at all. And others just fire spaces. This keeps the paperwork for the production staff to a minimum and increases security. It also allows actors who are prohibited to legally use these non-firearms on set.

In this case, when someone died and a second person was seriously injured, something went terribly wrong.

According to AP. . .

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun at a film set, killing the cameraman, authorities said. The director of the filmed western was wounded and the authorities are investigating what happened.

Rust camerawoman Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were filmed Thursday on the rustic film set in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to county sheriff officials.

A Baldwin spokesman said there was an on-set accident in which a prop gun with blanks misfired, although a charge without a metal projectile at a moderate distance is unlikely to kill. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said the detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was fired.

Not long afterwards, the British Daily Mail reported further details:

Alec Baldwin was pictured crying, writhing in grief after accidentally killing the cameraman for his upcoming western film Rust and injuring the director while firing a prop gun on set.

The 68-year-old was shooting a scene for the film at Bonanza Creek Ranch near the town of Santa Fe, New Mexico when the gun went off at around 1:50 p.m., fatally wounded 42-year-old photo director Halyna Hutchins and left screenwriter and director Joel Souza, 48, injured.

Hutchins – believed to be a married mother of one – was rushed to the University of New Mexico hospital but pronounced dead a short time later, while Souza was rushed to the Christ St. Vincent Regional Medical Center by ambulance. He has now been released, but his exact condition is unclear.

Meanwhile, Baldwin has been taken to a Santa Fe detective agency to be questioned about the shooting. He was not arrested and was later released without charge – although the investigation is still ongoing.

The New Mexican had pictured him outside the sheriff’s office, hunched over in grief on the curb and tearfully speaking to someone on the phone.

Of course, we will follow the story to find out more details and whether the actor will be prosecuted. It will be interesting to learn how a supposed prop gun loaded with blanks killed one person and wounded another.

Hollywood has a history of prop gun “accidents” resulting in serious injury and even death. In 1984, while joking around on a set, John Eric Hexum deliberately shot himself with a .44 magnum blank. The blank broke his skull and sent a fragment of bone into his brain, causing bleeding. Finally he died.

And as the AP remembers. . .

In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, died after being struck by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for The Crow. The gun should have fired a blank shot, but an autopsy revealed a bullet stuck near his spine.

Check out this section for more information as it becomes available.

Comments are closed.