A woman has died and a man is seriously injured.
On the set of a western in New Mexico (United States), American actor Alec Baldwin shot members of the film crew on Thursday.
What happened ?
While playing the main role in this film, Alec Baldwin, 63, "accidentally" shot the director of photography and the director. According to a spokesperson for the sheriff quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, citing a spokesperson for the production, this is an "accident" involving a prop to be loaded blank. For now, the investigation is continuing with the hearing of witnesses but no prosecution has been initiated at this stage. "Alec Baldwin was questioned by police," said Santa Fe Sheriff's spokesman Juan Rios. “He provided statements and answered some questions. He introduced himself voluntarily and left the building after the interrogation was over. No prosecution has been initiated and no arrests have been made, ”he adds.
According to the sheriff's office, the incident was linked to a weapon used as a prop on set.
"Investigators are trying to find out what type of projectile was fired" and under what circumstances.
Who is the victim ?
Halyna Hutchins was the director of photography on the set.
Aged 42, she was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital near the location of the filming but was declared dead there by doctors.
Born in Ukraine, she graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015 and considered since 2019 as a "rising star" of American cinema.
“She is a wonderful, positive and creative woman.
She was excited to break through and be involved in films, ”comments her friend filmmaker Michael Pessah to Variety.
Lately, she had worked on "The Mad Hatter" or "Archenemy".
Who is the injured?
Joel Souza was first admitted to intensive care and then released from hospital, according to a tweet from British actress Frances Fisher.
Director Joel Souza told me he's out of hospital.
- Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 22, 2021
At 48 years old, Joel Souza has been the director of six feature films since 2010. Among them: “Hannah's Treasure”, with Luke Perry then “Operation Ghosts” in 2015 or “In my father's skin” with William Baldwin, the brother of Alec.
What is this shoot?
"Rust" is a Western written and directed by Joel Souza, starring Alec Baldwin as co-producer and as outlaw Harland Rust, who comes to the aid of his 13-year-old grandson sentenced to be hanged for murder. .
The Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper publishes photos of Alec Baldwin this Friday morning.
BREAKING: A distraught Alec Baldwin, after he accidentally shot & killed the cinematographer on the set of his new movie, & wounded the writer-director.
How on earth could this have happened?
Pics: Jim Weber @thenewmexican pic.twitter.com/xrvcheLaCK
- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 22, 2021
We see the actor, who would have been photographed after the drama, on the phone and prostrate.