SANTA FE, N.M. — A woman has been killed and a man injured Thursday after they were shot by a prop firearm at a movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said a 42-year-old woman was airlifted to a hospital, where she died, while a 42-year-old man was getting emergency care at another hospital.
Authorities didn’t identify the two people, who reportedly were crew members and not actors.
Production has been halted on the Western movie “Rust,” which is being directed by Joel Souza with Alec Baldwin producing and starring in it.
Baldwin spokesperson said that there was an accident at the set, involving the misfired prop gun with blanks.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get comment from him were unsuccessful.
“According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios told the Albuquerque Journal. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”
Rios stated that deputies arrived at Bonanza Creek Ranch around 2 p.m. after Rios called 911 to report that someone was being shot.
Filming for “Rust” was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.
According to Internet Movie Database site, it is about a 13 year-old boy forced to care for his older brother and himself following the death in Kansas of his parents. Baldwin plays the grandfather who is on the run as the teenager flees from his father, after he’s sentenced to death for accidentally killing a rancher.
In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the late martial-arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie “The Crow.″ The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.
In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the television series ″Cover Up.″