• Cinema Alec Baldwin accidentally kills a woman and wounds the director on the set of a western with an alleged blank gun

  • LOC Ukrainian, 42 years old ... This was Halyna Hutchins, the woman Alec Baldwin killed by accident

American actor

Alec Baldwin

has claimed that he is "heartbroken" after firing a gun that he was told was unloaded on a film set and killing a person.

"I have no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that took the life of

Halyna Hutchins,

" Baldwin tweeted.

"My heart is broken for her husband, her son, and everyone who knew and loved


" said the actor.

Police said

Halyna Hutchins

, 42, died at the University of New Mexico Hospital after being airlifted from the

Bonanza Cree


, where the movie


was filmed

and the shooting occurred.

Baldwin received a gun

from an assistant director

who told him it was a

"cold pistol


" an

expression in the cinema to say that it

is unloaded

, according to a court document accessed by the

Santa Fe Reporter



During a rehearsal, Baldwin fired the pistol, hitting


in the chest and director

Joel Souza

in the shoulder.

Souza was released Thursday after being treated at another hospital.


, 63, was questioned by Santa Fe County detectives after the incident.

"He offered his statements and answered questions. He came voluntarily, and left the building after questioning," said Juan Rios, a sheriff's spokesman.

No one has been arrested in the case and no charges have been filed, the sheriff's office reported.

Investigators are questioning witnesses


Authorities are executing search warrants at the scene of the shooting.

"Investigations are continuing and search warrants are part of this," Rios said.

According to local media, a judge signed the orders to collect images, materials and documents of the weapons and the filming at the site.

According to the

Los Angeles Times

, several members of the film crew left the set Thursday hours before the incident

to protest working conditions

, which included long hours.

Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper claimed that

there were three more erroneous shots with weapons days earlier



had asked to guarantee working conditions for the team, according to the

Los Angeles Times


"Absolutely devastated"

"The entire cast and crew is absolutely devastated by today's tragedy," the producer said in a statement.

"We have discontinued production of the film for an indeterminate period and we are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police investigation department," he added.

American Cinematographer




, who was born in Ukraine and lives in Los Angeles, as one of the guild's rising stars in 2019, according to its website.

The IATSE union, to which



and which represents technicians in the film industry, found it "devastating to learn that one of its members, Sister

Halyna Hutchins

, passed away yesterday."

"Creating a culture of safety requires constant vigilance from each one of us, every day," he added.

The arms section of the union affirmed in an e-mail to its associates that

"a bullet was fired by accident"

and that none of its members were on set at the time, according to press reports.

Deaths on set

"My biggest fear is that someone will be fatally injured on one of my sets," Guardians of the Galaxy director

James Gunn



"My heart goes out to everyone affected by today's tragedy in Rust, especially

Halyna Hutchins

and her family."

The use of weapons on set must follow a series of rules.

One of the most famous accidents was that of

Brandon Lee

, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, who died during the filming of "The Raven" after being shot with a weapon that was supposed to fire blank bullets.

Her sister, Shannon Lee, said on Twitter: "Our hearts go out to the family of

Halyna Hutchins


Joel Souza

and everyone involved in the 'Rust' incident."

Other celebrities and personalities in the film industry disapproved of continuing to use weapons on set, instead of resorting to technology.

But, according to Hollywood gun expert

Guillaume Delouche

, many actors and directors prefer to use guns because it "adds something else to the performance."


is a western set in the 19th century starring Baldwin and directed by Souza.

Baldwin has acted in movies and on television shows since the 1980s.

Married with

six children

, he recently gained much fame for his portrayal of former President Donald Trump on the comedy show

Saturday Night Live

, for which he won his third Emmy.

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