SANTA FE COUNTY, NM – According to reports, the victim fatally shot on a movie set on October 21st by Alec Baldwin has been identified as 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins, who worked on set as the director of photography.

In the day that has passed since the incident, the actor has released a statement about the fatal shooting via Twitter.



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The 63-year-old actor was reportedly handling a “prop” firearm during the production of the film “Rust” when he discharged it and shot Hutchins as well as 48-year-old director Joel Souza on October 21st at around 1:50 p.m., according to officials.

Hutchins was subsequently flown by helicopter to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was declared deceased by medical personnel. Souza was taken to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

Frances Fisher, one of the stars of the film, confirmed on Twitter that Souza was released from the hospital on the same day of the incident.

A statement from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office noted that detectives are presently investigating the incident:

“According to investigators, it appears that 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.”

In an email from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 44 directed to its members revealed that the firearm Baldwin was handling contained a “live single round”:

“A live single round was accidentally fired on set by the principal actor, hitting both the Director of Photography, Local 600 member Halyna Hutchins, and Director Joel Souza.

Local 44 has confirmed that the Props, Set Decoration, Special Effects, and Construction Departments were staffed by New Mexico crew members. There were no Local 44 members on the call sheet.”


Following Hutchins’ death, John Lindley, president of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, and Rebecca Rhine, executive director, issued the following statement:

“We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the Director of Photography on a production called ‘Rust’ in New Mexico died from injuries sustained on the set.

The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”

After graduating from the American Film Institute in 2015, Hutchins was recognized as a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019. Her career began with working on multiple short films. After working on the 2020 film “Archenemy,” she managed to land her big break.

Archenemy director Adam Egypt Mortimer spoke with BBC News about Hutchins’ unexpected and tragic passing, saying the following:

“Halyna was an incredible artist who was just starting a career. I think people were really starting to notice. The fact that she would be killed on a set in an accident like this is unfathomable. It just seems inconceivable.”

On October 22nd, Baldwin shared a statement on Twitter regarding Hutchins’ death, writing the following:

“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.”


No charges have been filed in the matter as of yet, according to sheriff’s office officials.