(Trends Wide) — One member of the crew was killed and another injured after a prop firearm accident on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico, according to a police statement provided to Trends Wide.
The prop firearm was fired by actor and producer Alec Baldwin, 68, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim was identified as 42-year-old director of photography Halyna Hutchins, according to investigators. She was taken to the hospital by helicopter and was declared dead by medical staff at the University of New Mexico Hospital.
The other victim, 48-year-old director Joel Souza, was taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center by ambulance for care. No details were released about his condition.
“According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a backup firearm when it was fired,” said a statement from authorities. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
The incident occurred on Thursday at approximately 1:50 p.m. local time, investigators said.
“Rust” is a western film set in the 1880s starring Baldwin, Travis Fimmel, and Jensen Ackles.
Email requests for comment sent to the film’s production company and a Baldwin representative were not immediately returned.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation “remains open and active” and no charges have been filed.