- Hollywood actor Alex Baldwin shot a woman on set while filming the movie Rust with a prop gun
- The fatal shooting, currently under investigation, happened after the prop gun reportedly misfired
- Brandon Lee, the son of movie legend Bruce Lee, died of similar circumstances in 1993
A woman has passed away, and a man injured after movie star Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun during filming.
The actor discharged the prop gun on the set of the film Rust in New Mexico.
The woman, identified as Halyna Hutchins, was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries. The injured man, movie director Joel Souza, is currently receiving medical attention in the hospital.
In a statement to AP news, the actor's spokesperson said that the prop gun, loaded with blanks, misfired, resulting in the accident.
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The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office stated that Baldwin voluntarily availed himself for questioning.
The police on Thursday, October 21, stated:.
“Detectives are investigating how (the prop firearm was used) and what type of projectile was discharged.
"This incident remains an active investigation. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided.”
The movie’s production has been halted.
Bruce Lee’s son
In 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of movie legend Bruce Lee died similarly. While shooting The Crow, Brandon was shot in the abdomen by an actor who thought the gun he was using was loaded with blanks.
Following the Baldwin incident, Brandon’s sister Shannon Lee tweeted:
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on Rust. No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
Spike Lee film actor Thomas Jefferson killed after getting shot
In other similar news, Legit.ng earlier reported that Thomas Jefferson Byrd, a stage and film actor who was widely recognised for his performances in films directed by Spike Lee, was found shot to death on an Atlanta street in the American state of Georgia.
The New York Times reported that police had responded to an emergency call in the early hours of Saturday morning about "an injured person". Authorities arrived and found Mr Byrd to be unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds to his back. It was announced that leads for the suspect are being investigated and that Byrd died as a result of the gunshots.
Many industry colleagues expressed their sorrows and remorse at hearing the news on social media.