Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Woman With Prop Gun On Movie Set

American actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed a woman and injured a man on a New Mexico film set.

According to reports, the actor discharged the weapon during filming for the 19th Century western movie “Rust”.

The woman, Halyna Hutchins, 42, who was a director of photography, was transported to the hospital via helicopter and pronounced dead by medical personnel at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Director Joel Souza, 48, was transported to Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center by ambulance for care. Details on his condition were not released.

“According to investigators it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” the statement said. “Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

The incident happened at approximately 1:50 p.m. local time, investigators said.

“Rust” is a Western film set in the 1880s that stars Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation “remains open and active” and no charges have been filed.

In a statement to AFP news agency, a Santa Fe sheriff spokesman said Mr Baldwin had spoken to detectives.

“He came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews,” the spokesman said.

A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County sheriff’s offices after being questioned Thursday about a shooting on a local movie set.