The scene being filmed reportedly required Baldwin to fire a gun. The prop was suppose to be filled with blanks. However, it somehow discharged shrapnel or a bullet.
Sources say both the director Joel Souza and the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins were hit with the debris/bullet. Hutchins had to be airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
The director was hit in the clavicle and was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the "prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin."
Officers are currently investigating the incident and interviewing witnesses who were on set. The case is described as "open and active" but no criminal charges have been filed.
The Sheriff’s office said they responded to a 911 call that came in around 1:50 PM.
A rep for the office said, “The Santa Fe County sheriff’s office confirms that two individuals were shot during the filming of a scene on the set of the movie western ‘Rust.' According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged. Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Baldwin has yet to release a statement on the matter. A spokesperson for the production company Rust Movie Productions LLC said, "production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority," the statement adds.