Alec Baldwin’s gun discharges on ‘Rust’ film set, killing photographer and injuring director
SANTA FE, NM (AP)
A woman was killed and a man injured Thursday after being shot by a gun on a film set outside of Santa Fe, authorities said.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said a 42-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital, where she died, while a 42-year-old man received emergency care at another hospital .
Authorities have not identified the two people, who are believed to be crew members and not actors.
Production was stopped on the western film “Rust”, which is directed by Joel Souza with Alec Baldwin producing and starring in it.
A spokesperson for Baldwin said there had been an accident on set involving the misfiring of a propeller pistol with blanks.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Baldwin was seen outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday in tears, but attempts to elicit comment from him were unsuccessful.
“According to investigators, it appears the scene filmed involved the use of a propeller-driven firearm when it was unloaded,” Sheriff Juan Rios spokesman told the Albuquerque Journal. “The detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was fired. “
MPs responded around 2 p.m. to the filming of the film at Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls arrived regarding a person shot on set, Rios said.
Filming for “Rust” was scheduled to continue in early November, according to a press release from the New Mexico Film Office.
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 the 1880s in Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database. 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.
In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of late martial arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44 caliber bullet while filming a death scene for the movie “The Crow”. a white, but an autopsy revealed a bullet lodged near his spine.
In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a blank pistol while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the series. TV Cover Up. ″ SAAP