American actor Alec Baldwin says he is shocked and saddened after fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza on the set of the Film 'Rust.' Baldwin was told by an on-set weapons expert, a prop gun loaded with live rounds was safe to use. But reports emerging from the New Mexico location, say several crew members had previously walked off the set due to concerns over weapons safety. The assistant director did not know the prop was loaded with live rounds. Baldwin says it was a tragic accident, and that he's cooperating with authorities.
Hutchins was rushed to hospital after being shot in the chest by actor Alec Baldwin - who didn't know the prop gun was loaded with live rounds.
Questions are being raised as to how such an incident was possible. Professionals in the prop industry say strict protocols may not have been followed.
US media is reporting that crew members on the set were complaining about poor safety conditions and long hours. Those workers play a vital role when it comes to prop gun usage.
Baldwin says he is heartbroken, and he will fully cooperate with the police investigation.
Hutchins was known as a rising star in the industry. Directors who worked with her said that she was an incredible talent. She grew up in the Soviet Union and holds Ukrainian citizenship. She leaves behind a husband and a nine year old son.
Authorities say investigations are ongoing and that no charges have been filed.
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