- Actor Alex Baldwin shot a woman while filming the movie Rust with a prop gun
- The fatal shooting, currently under investigation, happened after the prop gun reportedly misfired
- Brandon Lee, the son of movie legend Bruce Lee similarly died in 1993
A woman has passed away, and a man injured after movie star Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun during filming.
The actor discharged the prop gun on the set of the film Rust in New Mexico.
The woman, identified as Halyna Hutchins, was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries. The injured man, movie director Joel Souza, is currently receiving medical attention in the hospital.
In a statement to AP news, the actor's spokesperson said that the prop gun, loaded with blanks, misfired, resulting in the accident.
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The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office stated that Baldwin voluntary availed himself for questioning.
“Detectives are investigating how (the prop firearm was used) and what type of projectile was discharged.
This incident remains an active investigation. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided,” the police stated in Thursday, October 21 statement.
The movie’s production has been halted.
Bruce Lee’s son
In 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of movie legend Bruce Lee died similarly. While shooting The Crow, Brandon was shot in the abdomen by an actor who thought the gun he was using was loaded with blanks.
Following the Baldwin incident, Brandon’s sister Shannon Lee tweeted:
“Our hearts go out to the family of Halyna Hutchins and to Joel Souza and all involved in the incident on Rust. No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period.”
Kenyan movie star shot thrice
In other news, YEN.com.gh reported that Kenyan actor Nagi Sammy Njuguna reached out to the public for financial support after he was shot three times by an unknown gunman.
The funds are meant to cater for his hospital expenses as well as physical therapy bills.
Njuguna said he was leaving a gas station when someone fired a gun at him.
“I did nothing to deserve it. Hard to understand,” he stated.
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