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Alec Baldwin Reflects on ‘Difficult Road’ As He Finishes Filming ‘Rust’ Movie After Shooting

Cast and crew members from the movie Rust grieved the tragic death of Los Angeles-based cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after actor Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun that killed Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza. 

Baldwin discharged a prop gun around 1:50 p.m. local time at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico on October 21, 2021, injuring both 42-year-old Hutchins, the movie’s photography director, and the Western film’s director.  

Hutchins was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where she was pronounced dead. 

Souza was taken to another medical center by ambulance and was released, his rep told NBC News. 

“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,” Baldwin tweeted one day after the incident. “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.” 

Throughout her professional career, Hutchins had worked on more than 30 films after graduating from the American Film Institute Conservatory program. 

She was a rising star in cinematography, having last served as director of photography for feature film Archenemy, starring Joe Manganiello, and Darlin’, a horror feature.

Her husband, Matthew Hutchins, said he was still in a state of shock after the tragic incident, which resulted in production of the film Rust coming to a halt.

“I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation,” Matthew told Insider in a statement. “I am not going to be able to comment about the facts or the process of what we’re going through right now, but I appreciate that everyone has been very sympathetic. I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate.”

On April 25, 2022, the Santa Fe County’s Sheriff’s Department released all of the photos and videos they compiled of the crime scene and throughout their investigation.

“Today the sheriff’s office is releasing all files associated with our ongoing investigation,” Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said in a statement. “The files are all related to the Rust movie set investigation and include lapel/dash camera footage from deputies and detectives, incident reports, crime scene photos, examination reports, witness interviews, set video and staff photos collected throughout the course of this investigation.”

In addition to the released evidence, “various components of the investigation remain outstanding including, FBI firearm and ballistic forensics along with DNA and latent fingerprint analysis, Office of the New Mexico Medical Examiner findings report and the analysis of Mr. Alec Baldwin’s phone data extracted by Suffolk County Sheriff’s investigators,” Mendoza added.

Baldwin has spoken out since the tragedy. He appeared in an ABC interview in December 2021, insisting that he “didn’t pull the trigger” of the prop gun.

“I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them. Never,” he claimed, noting that he had “no idea” how a live bullet was on the set. 

However, an FBI forensic test concluded in August 2022 that the trigger was pulled. 

On January 19, 2023, Baldwin was charged with involuntary manslaughter, NBC reported. 

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