An accident on the set of the movie "Rust" killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins, 42, and sent director Joel Souza, 48, to hospital, reports the New York Times. A prop gun, fired by actor Alec Baldwin, is the immediate focus of the investigation: "Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged."
According to Ms. Hutchins's website, she was originally from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle. She studied journalism in Ukraine and film in Los Angeles.
She called herself a "restless dreamer" and an "adrenaline junkie" on her Instagram profile. She posted multiple images this month from the set of "Rust," including a video on Tuesday of her riding a horse on her day off.The New York Times
The Sherrif's Office in Santa Fe County, the location of the incident, investigates the context of the shooting. The investigation remains active and no charges have been filed.
"According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged," a statement from authorities said. "Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged."CNN
The accident comes nearly three decades after Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, died after being accidentally shot on the set of the movie The Crow in 1993.