Local cinematographer on accidental shooting death on set
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- In New Mexico, one person was killed and another hurt when actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun that was intended to be a prop on a movie set.
Filming on the movie, Rust, has been suspended.
A spokesperson for Baldwin says this was an accidental shooting involving a weapon that misfired. The incident is under investigation.
On Friday, Baldwin released a statement saying in part, "there are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident. I'm in touch with the victim's husband, offering my support to him and his family."
The shooting left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead and director Joel Souza seriously injured.
Hutchins was part of the International Cinematographers Guild, which brings together camera professionals and publicists from around the world.
Crew members are speaking out about the dangerous working conditions in Hollywood, including a local director and cinematographer.
Eric Hurt is also part of the International Cinematographers Guild, and he says incidents like the one on the set of Rust bring more attention to safety concerns on film productions.
"It's a very sad day, and it highlights how important safety is," he said. "And I don't know if it's going to spill over into the potential strike that was recently not averted completely. The brakes were kind of put on the strike and that strike was very much due to safety concerns on set, not necessarily for firearms, but for long hours, driving home after long days."
Hurt has been working in the film industry for more than 20 years.
He's known for films like The Machinery of Dreams and Coming Through the Rye. He is currently working on another project that is due out next year.