The upsetting turn of events on the set of Alec Baldwin’s latest film is like something, well, out of a movie.
Here’s a breakdown of the awful events that occurred:
Exactly what happened?
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said late Thursday that deputies responded to a call that someone had been shot on the set of the Western Rust, at the Bonanza Creek Ranch at about 1:50 p.m. MT. The office reported that two individuals, a female and a male, had been shot, apparently when a “prop firearm” was discharged, but they did not name the victims, one of whom they said had died after being airlifted to a local hospital and another who was receiving emergency medical care. The shooter also was unnamed, and deputies continued to investigate.
Two hours later, the office identified that Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer for Rust, as the woman who died. Writer/director Joel Souza was the other person who was shot. The shooter, they said, was Baldwin.
“This investigation remains open and active,” law officials said. “No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”
Who are the victims?
Hutchins, 42, was born in Ukraine. She had a husband, Matthew, and a son. Professionally, she earned a graduate degree in international journalism from Kyiv National University and worked as an investigative journalist on documentaries. In 2015, she graduated from the American Film Institute and, just four years later, American Cinematographer magazine named her a rising star. She worked on dozens of projects, such as Archenemy, with Joe Manganiello, the 2019 horror movie Darlin’ and this year’s The Mad Hatter. According to IMDb, she was signed on to do two short films that were marked as in “pre-production” and another that was in “post-production” even as she filmed Rust.
She was beloved by many of her colleagues, who paid tribute to her on social media. They said she was “a ray of light,” and “an ally to anyone in front of her camera.” They praised her “immense” talent and “vibrant command of the room” in a field that has traditionally been dominated by males. Manganiello marveled that she could handle any amount of pressure. “Everyone who knew her was rooting for her,” he said.
As for Souza, he has directed several films since his writing and directing debut, the 2015 movie Hanna’s Gold, a PG-rated adventure that starred the late Luke Perry. He’s helmed a handful of movies since then, including the 2019 crime drama Crown Vic, which Baldwin also produced.