Alec Baldwin: ‘Heart Is Broken’ Over On-Set Shooting That Killed Cinematographer

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
October 22, 2021 Updated: October 22, 2021

LOS ANGELES—Actor Alec Baldwin expressed “shock and sadness” Oct. 22 over the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed when Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico.

Hutchins, 42, died at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque following the on-set mishap Thursday. The film’s director, Joel Souza, 48, was also injured, but he was treated and released from the hospital.

“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 wrote on his Twitter page Friday morning.

“My heart is broken for her husband, their son and all who knew and loved Haylna.”

Halyna Hutchins
Halyna Hutchins at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 20, 2017. (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Baldwin, 63, was filming a scene for the film “Rust” on a movie set south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Thursday when he discharged the prop weapon.

Sheriff’s officials were continuing to investigate the matter.

Baldwin said he is fully cooperating with the police investigation.

The circumstances of the shooting were still unclear.

The “Rust” production company issued a statement Thursday saying, “The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones. We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation.”