In probably the freakiest incident to happen on a movie set that shocked the world, a cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was accidentally shot by actor Alec Baldwin while shooting for the movie Rust.
It so happened that Hutchins, 42, died shortly after being shot by Baldwin around 1.50pm Thursday at Bonanza Creek Ranch, near the city of Santa Fe in New Mexico.
Police have disclosed few details about the shooting, saying only that a 'projectile' was fired by a 'prop gun' and they are investigating. A spokesman for Baldwin last night issued a statement saying only blanks were used.
An array of celebrities have expressed their shock to this incident and the latest one to do so is actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas. She said, "I'm so shook." Sharing a photo of the deceased cinematographer on her Instagram stories, Priyanka wrote a note with a broken heart emoticon and said, "I cannot imagine what everyone involved in this tragedy is feeling. There are no words. No one should die on a film set. Period. My heart goes out to Halyna Hutchins family and everyone who knew her. I’m so shook. I cannot imagine what everyone involved in this tragedy is feeling. There are no words. No one should…"-
The Ukraine-born cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was struck in the chest and died shortly after the incident Thursday in New Mexico, while director Joel Souza, 48, who was crouching behind her as they lined up a shot, was wounded and hospitalized, then released.
Police interviewed a visibly distraught Baldwin, who willingly cooperated. They have pressed no charges.
The incident sparked intense speculation on social media about how such an accident could have occurred despite detailed and long-established gun-safety protocols for film sets.