‘My heart is broken’: Alec Baldwin breaks silence after deadly prop gun incident

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Actor Alec Baldwin released his first statement following an on-set incident in New Mexico in which, according to officials, he discharged a prop gun, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

The shooting unfolded Thursday on the set of “Rust,” which was being filmed in New Mexico. Authorities continue to investigate the incident.

“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 tweeted Friday morning. “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.”

Previously, a spokesperson for the actor described the incident as an accident involving a prop gun with blanks misfiring. What type of projectile was discharged, and how, is still under investigation by the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s also unclear how many rounds were fired and if Baldwin was performing at the time. In addition to starring in “Rust,” he’s also listed as a producer, according to his IMDb page.

Prop guns fire blanks, gunpowder charges that produce a flash and a bang but not a hard projectile. But when the trigger is pulled, the paper or plastic wadding is ejected from the barrel with enough force that it can be lethal at close range, as proved to be the case in the death of an actor in 1984.

In another on-set accident in 1993, the actor Brandon Lee was killed after a bullet was left in a prop gun while filming “The Crow.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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