Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, died shortly after being rushed to a hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico this afternoon. Souza, 48, remains in a local hospital; his condition is unknown.
” Sir. Baldwin has been questioned by investigators and released, ”a Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department official told Deadline this evening. “No arrests or charges have been filed. “
Here is the full statement from the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department:
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Bonanza Creek Ranch film set of the western “Rust” on October 21, 2021, when a 911 caller reported a shooting on set.
The sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot dead on the set of Rust. Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, and director Joel Souza, 48, were shot dead when a gun was unloaded by Alec Baldwin, 68, producer and actor.
Ms Hutchins was transported by helicopter to the University of New Mexico hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical staff. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries.
This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed regarding this incident. Witnesses continue to be questioned by detectives.
Deadline earlier reported that criminal investigators were called to the scene of the Bonanza Creek ranch just outside Santa Fe, as sources told us a lead actor cocked a gun, hitting a 48-year-old man. years old and a 42 year old woman on the set. The entire site was quarantined during the investigation. The actor, now identified as Baldwin, was unaware of the type of ammunition in the weapon, we are told. A production representative said “production has been stopped for the time being” on Rouiller and that “the safety of our players and our team remains our top priority”.
Traditionally, the props or gunsmith is responsible for the safety of firearms and firearms on a set such as Rouiller.
When information about Cackling’s death emerged, the Filmmakers Guild expressed shock and remorse.
“We received the terrible news this evening that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, director of photography for a production called Rouiller in New Mexico has died of injuries sustained on set, ”said National Director of the Filmmakers Guild John Lindley and National Executive Director Rebecca Rhine tonight.
“The details are not clear at this time, but we are working to find out more and we support a full investigation into this tragic event,” added the guild leaders.
“It is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a family member in our Guild. “
SAG-AFTRA said tonight in a statement from President Fran Drescher and National Executive Director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland: “We are devastated by this tragic news. Our hearts go out to the family of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins who has passed away, and Director Joel Souza who is injured and hospitalized. This is still an active investigation and we do not yet have all the facts. We will continue to work with production, other unions and authorities to investigate this incident and understand how to prevent such a thing from happening again. “
This is not the first time that a death on the set has been caused by a blank firing gun. Actor Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on TV Cover Up series when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a blank loaded firearm. And in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died after a piece of slug lodged in his spine from a propeller pistol fired on the set of The crow by another actor. Both incidents were determined to be accidents.
The very first safety bulletin adopted by the work safety committee and industry management dealt with the dangers of blank ammunition. “White people can kill,” the newsletter says. “Treat all firearms as if they were loaded.”
Hutchins is an AFI graduate of the class of 2015 whose work includes several short films and the shooting of the feature film Sworn enemy with Joe Manganiello. She has been named a “rising star” by American filmmaker in 2019.
Earlier this week, Hutchins posted photos from the shoot to his Facebook account; “Our IATSE solidarity stands Rouiller »
Rouiller stars Baldwin and was written and directed by Souza. Also on the bill are Travis Fimmel, Brady Noon, Frances Fisher and Jensen Ackles. Souza and Baldwin made history.
The plot of the film centers around Harland Rust (Baldwin), an infamous Western outlaw who has had a bounty on his head for as long as he can remember. When his 13-year-old grandson Lucas (Noon) is convicted of an accidental murder and sentenced to hang, Rust travels to Kansas to get him out of jail. Together, the two fugitives must outrun the legendary American Marshal Wood Helm (Ackles) and the bounty hunter Fenton “Preacher” Lang (Fimmel) who are after them. Deeply buried secrets rise from their ashes and an unexpected family bond begins to form as the mismatched duo attempt to survive on the ruthless American border.
CAA Media Finance manages national sales for photography, Highland Film Group representing international.
Baldwin also produces under his El Dorado Pictures banner with Matt DelPiano via Cavalry Media, Ryan Donnell Smith via Thomasville Pictures, Anjul Nigam from Brittany House Pictures and Ryan Winterstern and Nathan Klingher from Short Porch Pictures. Allen Cheney, Emily Hunter Salveson, Christopher MB Sharp and Jennifer E. Lamb are EPs. BondIt Media Capital and Hunter Salveson and Streamline Global from Donnell Smith Fund.
David Robb contributed to this report.