Alec Baldwin was in New Mexico filming the western film Rust in which he is starring in and producing. Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of the film on Thursday, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director in an on-set incident, authorities say.
Baldwin spoke out about the accident on Friday via social media. “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 wrote on Twitter. Baldwin added that he was “fully cooperating with the police investigation” to address how the tragedy occurred. He also revealed that he had been in contact with Hutchins’s husband Matthew offering his “support to him and his family.”
According to Page Six, Baldwin after the accident reportedly continually asked why he was handed a “hot gun” — a firearm with real ammunition, according to authorities and an eyewitness.“In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” he said.