Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin is heartbroken after a cinematographer died when he fired a prop gun on a New Mexico movie set. He said he was cooperating with the police investigation to determine how the incident occurred. The harrowing incident occurred on Thursday afternoon on the set of the film, Rust, at a production location south of Santa Fe.
Baldwin is also a co-producer of Rust, a Western movie set in 1880s Kansas, and also plays the eponymous character who is an outlaw grandfather of a 13-year-old boy convicted of an accidental killing.
According to the Santa Fe Sheriff's Department, Hutchins was transported by helicopter to the University of Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Alec Baldwin voluntarily gave a statement about the shooting at the sheriff's office, the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper reported.
Baldwin took to Twitter and wrote, "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours."
"I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna."
In the same incident, director Joel Souza was wounded and taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Actor Frances Fisher, who is co-starring in the movie, said on Twitter: "Souza texted me that he's out of hospital."
The sheriff's office, meanwhile, has said that no charges were filed and the investigation remained "open and active".
For the unversed, Baldwin is a popular face in the US and several other countries. He has been on television and in films since the 1980s. The actor is famous for several iconic films -- ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and two iterations of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise, and has also voiced animated characters in hits like ‘The Boss Baby’.
The Indian audience remember Baldwin best by his appearance on the popular series, FRIENDS. He played Parker, Phoebe Buffay's boyfriend for two episodes in Season 8.