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Halyna Hutchins: Who was the cinematographer shot dead in an accident involving Alec Baldwin?

Hutchins, who was 42, was the cinematographer for Baldwin’s last film, “Rust,” a western filmed in New Mexico and starring Baldwin, Travis Fimmel and Jensen Ackles.

According to law enforcement statements provided to CNN, Hutchins was shot at around 1:50 p.m. Thursday local time and was airlifted to hospital, but died of her injuries.

In a tweet on Friday, Baldwin said he was heartbroken and fully cooperating with police over the tragic crash.

“There are no words to express my shock and sadness over the tragic accident that claimed the life of Halyna Hutchins, a deeply admired wife, mother and colleague of ours,” Baldwin said. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son and everyone who knew and loved Halyna.”

Her husband, Michael Hutchins, told the Insider he appreciates the sympathy he’s received.

“I don’t think there are words to describe the situation,” he told the online news site. “I think we’ll need some time before we can really summarize his life in a way that’s easy to communicate.”

Hutchins said he would not comment on the facts of his wife’s death.

She was named a rising star two years ago

Born in Ukraine, Halyna Hutchins lived in Los Angeles and graduated from the American Film Institute in 2015. She was involved in the production of 49 film, television and video titles during her career, according to IMDB.

She’s worked on movies including “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello, which was released last year, and was named a rising star by American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.

According to her website, Hutchins grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle and first studied as a journalist, graduating from Kyiv National University with a degree in international journalism, before working on documentary productions. across Europe and to go to the cinema. .

On her Instagram page, she described herself as a “Restless Dreamer. Adrenaline junkie. Cinematographer” and shared photos from the “Rust” set.

Her last post on Wednesday showed a video of her riding in New Mexico.

Director James Cullen Bressack commented on his post, saying, “I’m going to miss you my friend… It’s devastating.”

Other directors have paid tribute to Hutchins.

‘Archenemy’ director Adam Egypt Mortimer said, “I’m so sad to have lost Halyna. And so angry that this could happen on set. He was a brilliant talent who was absolutely dedicated to the art and cinema. He said in another tweet that she had “a brilliant mind.”

AFI Conservatory, a film school that is part of the American Film Institute, tweeted on Friday: “As is profoundly true in the art of cinematography, words alone cannot describe the loss of a person so dear to the AFI community. At AFI, we are committed to ensuring that Halyna Hutchins lives on in the minds of all who strive to see their dreams come true in stories well told.”

A talented woman in a male-dominated industry

Hutchins’ accomplishments as a cinematographer were remarkable in a male-dominated industry.

Casting director, producer and screenwriter Sidra Smith posted on Instagram that she was “devastated” by news of Hutchins, who she worked with on the TV miniseries “A Luv Tale.”

“It’s hard here for female filmmakers and it was a HUGE opportunity for her. She was so young and so talented. Halyna and I spent so much time together. She was so wonderfully kind and words cannot express to how supportive she was of me,” Smith wrote. “God bless her beautiful heart and soul.”

Santa Fe County Sheriff's officers respond to the scene of the fatal accidental shooting Thursday.

Manager Joel Souza, 48, was also injured in the incident and taken to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Baldwin was pictured looking distraught in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office Thursday after being questioned.

Investigations continue, with many asking how such a tragedy could have happened on a film set – 28 years after Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, was accidentally killed on set by a gun.

A Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the Ukrainian Consulate General in San Francisco was cooperating with U.S. law enforcement officials in their investigation and contacting Hutchins’ relatives “to provide the ‘consular and legal assistance needed’.

CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez and Katharina Krebs contributed to this report.