KEY POINTS

  • A production spokesperson said the accident on the New Mexico set of "Rust" involved the misfire of a prop gun with blanks
  • Two crew members, a man and a woman, were struck with either shrapnel or a bullet, a report says
  • Alec Baldwin was part of the scene that caused the incident, but he was not injured

A woman was killed and a man was injured when a prop gun misfired at the New Mexico movie set of the Alec Baldwin film “Rust” Thursday, authorities said.

Deadline broke the news Thursday that an accident involving a firearm prop on the set of “Rust” at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe caused a pair of crew members to be sent to a nearby medical facility. The man was hit in the shoulder, while the woman needed stomach surgery, sources told the outlet.

A production spokesperson told Deadline that there had been a misfire when a prop gun with blanks was used for the film. Production was quickly halted following the 1:50 p.m. double shooting.

“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks. Two crew members have been taken to the hospital and are receiving care,” the “Rust” Movie Productions spokesperson said. “Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”

One of the crew members, a 42-year-old woman, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital and later died from her injuries, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The other crew member, a 42-year-old man, was being treated at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, authorities said.

The names of the victims have not been disclosed.

The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department said criminal investigators were dispatched to the scene of the incident Thursday afternoon.

“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Different insiders told TMZ that the accident happened when a cast member was filming a scene that involved the use of a gun with blanks. However, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet. 

The insiders said that Baldwin was actually part of the scene, but the person who pulled the trigger was not named. It was also later found that it was the director and the director of photography who got hit when the gun was fired.

The 63-year-old Hollywood actor was not injured and was safe after the accident. 

Earlier in the day, Baldwin was seemingly in good spirits as he posted a snap from the set of the film. In the picture, he was seen sporting a western-themed outfit that was splashed with fake blood. 

“Back to in person at the office. Blimey…it’s exhausting,” he captioned the post

The Western feature, which is also being produced by Baldwin, started production earlier this month, according to New York Post

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing. 

Alec Baldwin Actor Alec Baldwin with his award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series for his role in "30 Rock" at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Jan. Photo: Reuters