ON October 21, 2021, it was revealed that actor Alec Baldwin had accidentally shot two people with a prop gun while on the set of his new movie, Rust.
Following the incident, one person died and another remains in critical condition.
What did Alec Baldwin say about the Rust prop gun shooting accident?
On October 22, Baldwin took to Twitter to release a statementfollowing the accident.
"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," Baldwin said.
"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."
Following the accident, Baldwin was seen sobbing outside a local police station in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after he was questioned by police.
A Santa Fe County Sheriff later confirmed the news exclusively to The Sun, and also confirmed that no charges have been filed yet relating to the incident however, the investigation remains ongoing as witnesses' are being interviewed.
Read our Alec Baldwin shooting live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Who did Alex Baldwin shoot?
When the prop gun went off, Baldwin hit 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and 48-year-old Joel Souza.
As a result, Hutchins passed away while Souza remains in critical condition.
Hutchins was known as a cinematographer and was the director of photography on the new film while Souza serves as the director.
“According to investigators, it appears the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged. Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged," the Santa Fe County Sheriff's office said in a statement.
“One shooting victim, a 42-year-old female, was transported via helicopter to University Of New Mexico Hospital. The Sheriff’s office confirms she has succumbed to her injuries."
It was later determined that the gun had live ammo.
Has anyone else died from prop accidents before?
When the news first hit that Hutchins had died following a prop-related injury, many were reminded of the late Brandon Lee, who passed away during the production of the 1994 film, The Crow.
On March 31, 1993, Lee, who was the only son of actor Bruce Lee, was fatally shot on set by a prop gun.
At the time, a mishandled prop gun was used during the scene and, due to crew negligence, a blank round was fired at Lee with almost the same force as a live round.
The bullet struck Lee in the abdomen and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead after attempts to save him were unsuccessful.
Prior to Lee's death, in 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum was also killed on the set of the TV series Cover Up while using a prop gun to shoot himself in the head, not knowing it was loaded with blanks.
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