A female crew member has died and the director injured following an accident involving a prop firearm fired by actor Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico set of the film Rust.
The prop firearm was discharged by actor and producer Baldwin, 68, according to the Santa Fe County Sherriff’s Office.
The female victim was identified as director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, according to investigators.
She was transported to the hospital via helicopter and pronounced dead by medical personnel at the University of New Mexico Hospital.
The other victim, 48-year-old director Joel Souza, was transported to Christus St Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance for care.
Details on his condition were not released.
“According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” a statement from authorities said.
“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Police said the incident happened today at approximately 1.50pm local time (6.50am AEDT).
Rust, from director Souza, is a western film set in the 1880s that stars Baldwin, Australian actor Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.
Email requests for comment sent to the film’s production company and a representative for Baldwin were not immediately returned.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation “remains open and active” and no charges have been filed.
Baldwin posted a photo from the set just hours before the shooting, dressed in a western costume.
“Back to in person at the office, Blimey it’s exhausting,” he wrote.
According to Hutchins’ website, she was originally from Ukraine and lived in Los Angeles.
She was named as one of American Cinematographer‘s rising stars of 2019 and described herself on Instagram as “Restless Dreamer. Adrenaline junkie.”
She posted a video of herself on a horse two days ago, saying: “One of the perks of shooting a western is you get to ride horses on your day off.”
She also recently shared photo of the film’s cast and crew as well as photos of the film set.