Actor Alec Baldwin fired a fatal shot with a firearm on a movie set in the US state of New Mexico on Thursday.

A 42-year-old woman, the film's director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, has died, the Santa Fe police chief said.

The 42-year-old director Joel Souza was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, but he is out of danger.

The incident happened during filming for the movie


, a western for which the 63-year-old Baldwin works as an actor as well as a co-producer.

Hutchins was taken to hospital by helicopter, but died of her injuries a few hours later.

It would be a weapon that was used in the western set in the 19th century.

"Our initial findings show that a scene was filmed when a shot was fired with the firearm, detectives are investigating what exactly was fired," the chief of police wrote.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and no charges have been made yet.

However, the shooting for the film has been stopped for the time being.

The western is about a bandit whose grandson is convicted of murder and who goes on the run with him.

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