A woman has been killed and a man injured when they were shot by a prop firearm on a movie set outside Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says a 42-year-old woman was flown to a hospital, where she died, while a 42-year-old man was getting emergency care at another hospital.

Production has been halted on the western movie Rust, which is being directed by Joel Souza. Alec Baldwin is a producer and star.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Baldwin was seen on Thursday outside the sheriff’s office in tears, but attempts to get comment from him were unsuccessful.

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“According to investigators, it appears that the scene being filmed involved the use of a prop firearm when it was discharged,” sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios told the Albuquerque Journal.

“Detectives are investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.”

Deputies responded about 2pm to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls came in of a person being shot on set, Rios said.

Filming for Rust was set to continue into early November, according to a news release from the New Mexico Film Office.

The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website.

The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.

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In 1993, Brandon Lee, 28, son of the late martial-arts star Bruce Lee, died after being hit by a .44-calibre slug while filming a death scene for the movie The Crow.

The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.

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