Hailey Bieber, Alec Baldwin’s niece, ‘heartbroken’ for Halyna Hutchins’ family amid ‘Rust’ shooting accident

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The cinematographer was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel.

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The accidental shooting death of Helena Hutchins on the set of “Rust” has left Hailey Bieber “absolutely saddened for everyone involved.”

The niece of the film’s star and producer Alec Baldwin offered her condolences on her Instagram Story on Friday.

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“Sending our love to the family of Helena Hutchins,” the 24-year-old wrote on Friday, as quoted by people magazine. “This is truly an unimaginable and devastating tragedy. My thoughts are with [director] On the recovery of Joel Souza.”

A representative for the model did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.

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Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials said the cinematographer and director was shot Thursday on the pastoral film set in the desert on the southern outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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 and has since been released.

Production on the film was halted.

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A spokesman for Alec said there had been an accident on set that involved a misfire of a prop gun with Blank, although without a metal projectile charge it is unlikely to have been killed at medium range.

Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the 63-year-old was seen in tears outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday. The International Cinematographers Guild confirmed that the woman who was fatally shot was Hutchins.

“Details are unclear at this time, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation of this tragic incident,” Guild President John Lindley and Executive Director Rebecca Raine said in a statement.

The star broke his silence on Friday morning. He offered condolences to Hutchins’ family and called the shooting an accident.

Alec Baldwin (pictured here) previously worked as a producer with director Joel Souza on the 2019 film

“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,” the actor concluded.

Hutchins, a 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute, served as director of photography in the 2020 action film “Arkenemy,” which starred Joe Manganiello. She was named a “rising star” by American cinematographers in 2019.

The investigation continues.


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