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Alec Baldwin Breaks Silence After Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins With Prop Firearm On 'Rust' Set: 'There Are No Words'

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Oct. 22 2021, Published 12:01 p.m. ET

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Alec Baldwin has broken his silence after fatally shooting cinematographer Halyna Hutchins with a prop firearm on set of Rust.

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“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," the actor wrote on Friday, October 22, in a statement on Instagram. "I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.”

“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna,” he added.

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As OK! reported, Hutchins tragically died from her injuries after being airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

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Meanwhile, director Joel Souza was also hospitalized from the incident. The 48-year-old was transported via ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center in Santa Fe, where he received emergency medical care.

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The fatal accident happened on the New Mexico set on Thursday, October 21, with a spokesperson for the Sante Fe Sheriff's office confirming Hutchins died after a prop gun was discharged by the 30 Rock alum. The "investigation remains open and active," the rep shared in a statement. "No charges have been filed in regard to this incident."

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The spokesperson concluded: "Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives."

Baldwin willingly went to the sheriff's office and spoke with investigators about the incident. He has since been released.

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OK! learned the prop gun was loaded with a "live single round," but the Rock of Ages star — who was seen looking distraught and in tears outside the sheriff's office — didn't know what kind of ammunition was in the gun beforehand.

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After wounding the director of photography and Souza, Baldwin repeatedly asked: “Why was I handed a hot gun?” according to a witness on set. “In all my years, I’ve never been handed a hot gun,” the It's Complicated actor reportedly said at the scene.

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The witness added that Baldwin appeared to be in a state of shock after firing off the bullet, saying the father-of-seven “had no idea how badly they were hurt or Halyna was dead.”

Rust Movie Productions LLC halted production "for an undetermined period of time," they shared in a statement, adding that they are "fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation.”

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