ALEC Baldwin’s accidental shooting was “captured on camera” as a “hot prop gun” killed the film’s cinematographer & injured its director, a source exclusively told The Sun.
The actor’s weapon fired off on the set of his new movie, Rust, yesterday which resulted in the death of Halyna Hutchins, 42, and sent filmmaker Joel Souza to the hospital.
Alec Baldwin’s accidental shooting on the film set Rust was ‘captured on camera’Credit: AP
The film’s director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed by the on-set shootingCredit: Getty
Rust director and writer Joel Souza was in critical condition after also being struck by gunfireCredit: Getty Images – Getty
An eyewitness on the scene told The Sun that the tragedy was recorded on camera as the cast and crew did a take rehearsing their scene.
The insider claimed: “The camera was facing Alec who was shooting in the cameras general direction during a rehearsal scene that was being recorded.
“The cameras captured Alec shooting but Halyna and Joel were behind the camera so I don’t think the cameras captured them being shot.”
However, “cameras, lights and props were damaged” from the gunfire with “broken glass was everywhere,” so it is unclear if the footage would be salvable.
Earlier today, Alec, 63, broke his silence on the devastating matter, saying in a statement: “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.
“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.”
One photo showed the star distressed while talking on the phone while another snapped him close to the curb with his hands on his knees.
Read our Alec Baldwin shooting live blog for the very latest news and updates…
On Thursday, the Emmy winner was filming a scene on the set of his new Western movie, Rust, that required him to fire a gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks.
However, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, which hit two people on set – the director of photography, Halyna, and the movie’s screenwriter and director, Joel.
Halyna was airlifted to the hospital where she later died from her injuries and Joel was first reported to be in critical condition at the hospital but has since been released.
The shooting took place at Bonanza Creek Ranch, just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the film star was “unaware” about the type of ammunition in the gun, according to Deadline.
Due to yesterday’s events, filming has been paused, with a rep saying: “Production has been halted for the time being on Rust. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”
Santa Fe cops said of the tragic events: “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 incident remains an active investigation. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided.”
Earlier today, it was revealed the shooting is being investigated by the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau.
A representative of the OHSB exclusively told The Sun: “On Thursday evening, the New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OHSB) learned through the New Mexico Film Office of a workplace fatality and an injury to a second person that occurred during filming on a movie set in Santa Fe County.
“The production company reported the fatality and injury to OHSB last night, in accordance with workplace safety laws.
“OHSB is investigating the incident in coordination with law enforcement, the employer, and employees. No additional information will be released at this time, pending completion of the investigation,” the statement concluded.
Alec was seen huddled over and sobbing just after the tragedy struckCredit: AP
The film’s star posed with the cast and crew on set – including HalynaCredit: Instagram
Floods of tributes have poured out to Halyna – who passed away after being airlifted to a hospitalCredit: pixel8000
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