Alec Baldwin bryter stillheten etter skyting på sett

Alec Baldwin bryter stillheten etter skyting på sett
Alec Baldwin says he is in touch with the family of Halyna Hutchins, the director of photography who was killed on the set of the movie Rust on Thursday

Alec Baldwin has said his “heart is broken” after he fired a prop gun on the set of his movie Rust, killing a crewmember and wounding the director.

“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,” the actor wrote on Twitter.

“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and 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.”

The Twitter statement marked Baldwin’s first public comments since authorities confirmed on Thursday that it was he who “discharged” the prop gun that killed his film’s director of photography, 42-år gammel Halyna Hutchins, and injured its director Joel Souza on set in New Mexico.

Baldwin was filming a forthcoming Western Rust at Bonanza Creek Ranch when the tragedy occurred.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department issued a statement following the hendelse confirming that Mr Souza, the film’s director, was undergoing treatment at Christus St Vincent’s hospital. The 48-year-old filmmaker is reportedly in emergency care.

Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

Police added that the investigation remains “open and active” and that “no charges have been filed in regard to the incident” so far.

“Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

IATSE Local 44, a union representing propmasters in the Los Angeles area, addressed the shooting in an email to members on Friday morning and said the prop gun fired by Baldwin contained “a live single round,” rather than a blank.

The organisation said no members of Local 44 were listed on the Rust call sheet, including the film’s propmaster, who has yet to be named publicly.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department did not immediately return The Independent’s request for confirmation of the details in the Local 44 e-post, which was first reported by IndieWire.

A spokesperson for Baldwin previously said the accident involved “the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.”

Hutchin’s death was confirmed by the International Cinematographers Guild, Lokalt 600. I en uttalelse til Variasjon, guild president John Lindley and executive director Rebecca Rhine said: «Vi mottok den ødeleggende nyheten i kveld, at et av våre medlemmer, Halyna Hutchins, direktøren for fotografering på en produksjon kalt Rust in New Mexico died from injuries sustained on the set.”

“This is a terrible loss, og vi sørger over bortgangen til et medlem av vår laugs familie.»

An American Film Institute (AFI) graduate, Hutchins worked on several short films as well as full length feature Archenemy starring Joe Manganiello. She was named “rising star” by American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.

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