Firing accident on set for film “Rust” kills 1, injures crew member

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The producer of the film “Rust” said a woman was killed while one of the crew members was wounded over a firing accident involving a prop gun in the set at Santa Fe.

The film, starring Alec Baldwin and Jensen Ackles, is on set at Bonanza Creek Ranch when the misfiring happened. The Santa Fe County Sheriff responded to the location at 1:15 in the afternoon following the shooting accident reports.

Two people were shot at the set, as confirmed by the sheriff’s office, saying that it seemed that a prop gun was used for the scene. The projectile and how it was fired are still being probed.

The sheriff’s office said one of the victims, a 42-year-old woman, succumbed to injuries. She was brought to the University of New Mexico Hospital where she died.

Another man of the same age is seeking treatment at Christus St. Vincent hospital. His condition is unknown.

Some Westerners in the past used Bonanza Creek Ranch for filming a scene, like the “Cowboys & Aliens” and the “3:10 to Yuma.”

The investigation led by the sheriff’s office continues.

“There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks,” the film’s producer told ABC News through a statement. “…. Production has been halted for the time being. The safety of our cast and crew remains our top priority.”

A yellow crime-scene tape is seen surrounding what seemed to be an old church, where the misfiring happened.

Before the accident, Baldwin had shared a photo of the set on Instagram, ABC7 reported.

Critical injuries from accidents in sets involving prop guns were also recorded in the past despite the sufficient safety protocols being observed.