SANTA FE COUNTY, NM. (THECOUNT) — The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office say that actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop weapon on the set of “Rust,” a western being filmed near Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer, was shot dead during the incident that occurred Thursday afternoon. The director of the movie, Joel Souza, was wounded in the shooting and remains hospitalized.


According to reports, Baldwin, 63, confirmed there was an accident involving the misfire of a prop gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. The shooting occurred at the Bonanza Creek Ranch around 2 p.m. Thursday.

The ranch is located at, Bonanza Creek Ln in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating what type of projectile was discharged and how.

No charges have yet been filed.

Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel of gunshot injuries.

Souza, 48, was transported to an area hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Bonanza Creek Ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western “News of the World.”


Geo quick facts: Santa Fe County is located in the U.S. state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 144,170, making it New Mexico’s third-most populous county, after Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County. Its county seat is Santa Fe, the state capital – Wikipedia.