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Actor Alec Baldwin involved in prop gun killing on New Mexico movie set

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Authorities say actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set in New Mexico, killing the cinematographer. The director of the film was also wounded. Santa Fe County Sheriff’s officials say cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza were shot Thursday on the set of the Western “Rust”. A Baldwin spokesperson said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks. A Sheriff’s spokesman said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen outside the sheriff’s office in tears but attempts to get comment were unsuccessful. Prop guns fire blanks, gunpowder charges that produce a flash and a bang but not a hard projectile.