‘My heart is broken’: Alec Baldwin tweets after fatal shooting incident on film set

Alec Baldwin said he was “heartbroken” when he fatally shot a cinematographer with a prop gun in a shocking on-set tragedy. (photo credit: AFP file)

Alec Baldwin said he was “heartbroken” when he fatally shot a cinematographer with a prop gun in a shocking on-set tragedy. (photo credit: AFP file)

Hollywood star Alec Baldwin said he was “heartbroken” after a cinematographer was fatally shot with a prop gun in a shocking tragedy on set. The actor, who shot Helena Hutchins with a prop gun during the shooting of a Western film in New Mexico on Thursday, said he was cooperating fully with the police investigation.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness about the tragic accident that took the lives of our wife, mother and much-acclaimed colleague Helena Hutchins,” he tweeted.

“I am fully cooperating with the police investigation to find out how this tragedy happened and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart goes out to her husband, Broken for his son and all those who knew and loved Halina,” he said.

Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said Hutchins, the film’s “Rust” cinematographer and director Joel Souza, was shot Thursday on a film set in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe.

A Baldwin spokesman said there had been an accident on set that involved a misfire of a prop gun with Blank, although it is unlikely to have been killed at medium range without a metal projectile charge. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was fired.

The sheriff’s department said Hutchins, 42, was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, where he is undergoing treatment for his injuries. Production on the film was halted.

Sheriff’s spokesman Rios said the sheriff’s deputy responded at 2 p.m. on the film set at Bonanza Creek Ranch after a 911 call in which a man was shot. The farm has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks western “News of the World”. “This investigation remains open and active,” Rios said in a statement.

“No allegation has been made in connection with the incident. Interviews of witnesses by the detectives are on,” he said.

According to the Internet Movie Database website, the film is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to care for himself and his younger brother after the death of his parents in Kansas in the 1880s. The teen runs away with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to death for the accidental murder of a local rancher.

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