Alec Baldwin expresses "shock and sadness" over fatal film set shooting 1 month ago

Alec Baldwin expresses "shock and sadness" over fatal film set shooting

The actor issued a statement on Friday evening.

Alec Baldwin has made his first public statement following the fatal shooting that took place on a film set on Thursday, 21 October.

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Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of Rust in an accident that killed 42-year-old director of photography Halyna Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.

The shooting at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, happened in the middle of a scene that was either being rehearsed or filmed.

In a statement, the movie’s production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, said:

“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones."

It is understood that the prop gun fired by Baldwin contained a single live round.

On Friday evening, the 63-year-old actor expressed his "shock and sadness" over the incident.

"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours," Baldwin said on Twitter.

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"I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.

"My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna," Baldwin concluded.

No charges have been filed in relation to the shooting.

An update on the investigation will likely not occur until next week, Juan Ríos, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, told the Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

“According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

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“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged."