A crew member working on the movie Rust was killed by a prop gun accident and another was hospitalized Thursday, halting production of the film, which stars Alec Baldwin and Jensen Ackles, due to an investigation, according to multiple news sites.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department told Variety that two crew members were “shot while filming a scene,” and one of them, a 42-year-old female, was transported to the University of New Mexico Hospital by helicopter, where she eventually died.
The second crew member, a 42-year-old male, was receiving emergency care at Christus St. Vincent’s hospital, according to Variety.
The sheriff’s department said detectives are investigating “how and what type of projectile was discharged,” and Bonanza Creek Ranch, where production is taking place, has been closed off for the investigation.
Sources told Deadline that the incident happened when a cast member cocked a gun, without knowing whether it was loaded with bullets, accidentally firing it and hitting a male crew member on the shoulder and a female crew member in the stomach.
A production spokesperson for the movie provided The Hollywood Reporter with a statement that said the incident involved a “misfire of a prop gun with blanks” and that production in New Mexico has been paused “for the time being.”
Rust is a Western film in which Baldwin plays an outlaw named Harland Rust who breaks his 13-year-old grandson, played by Brady Noon, out of jail before the pair go on the run. As outlaws, they try to evade bounty hunter U.S. Marshal Wood Helm, played by Ackles. The film was written and directed by Joel Souza and began shooting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 6. Baldwin is also listed as a producer for the film under El Dorado Pictures.