Production of “Rust,” the movie starring Alec Baldwin that was rocked by an incident on set resulting in the death of the director of photography, has halted production.
Baldwin is said to have fired a propeller pistol during production Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and the injury of director Joel Souza, 48. , which is said to be in critical condition. in a Santa Fe hospital.
“All of the cast and crew were absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” said a spokesperson for Rust. Movies Productions LLC in a press release obtained by Deadline.
“We have suspended production of the film for an indefinite period and are fully cooperating with the investigation by the Santa Fe Police Department,” the statement continued. “We will be providing advisory services to everyone related to the film as we work to deal with this horrific event.”
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As stated in the statement, authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.
“Mr. Baldwin has been questioned by investigators and released,” a representative from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the outlet. “No arrests or charges have been filed.”
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They added: “This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been laid in relation to this incident. Witnesses continue to be questioned by detectives.”
Sources told Deadline that Baldwin, 63, who is also a producer on “Rust,” did not know what type of projectile was loaded into the propeller pistol.
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A press release from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the set around 1:50 p.m. local time and the call indicated that an individual had been shot.
According to the press release, a gunshot victim – a 42-year-old woman – was taken by helicopter to the University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque, where she later died, the sheriff’s office confirmed. .
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Souza was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, where he was undergoing emergency treatment.
Fox News’ Julius Young, Mariah Haas, and Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.
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