Alec Baldwin Accidentally ‘Discharged’ a Prop Gun on the Set of Film, Killing the Cinematographer and Injuring the Director

The cast and crew of ‘Rust,’ an upcoming western film, were left devastated and stunned on Thursday following a horrific occurrence on production. Halyna Hutchins, the film’s cinematographer, was killed, and director Joel Souza was injured when Alec Baldwin, the film’s actor and producer, misfired a prop gun at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in New Mexico.

Authorities responded to the incident at approximately 1:50 p.m. local time after receiving 911 calls reporting “one individual had been shot on set,” according to a news release obtained by PEOPLE.

Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48, were “shot when a prop firearm was discharged” by Baldwin, according to the sheriff’s department.

Earlier in the day, Baldwin shared a photo of himself on set in film clothes. “Back to in person at the office,” he captioned the since-deleted Instagram snap. “Blimey…it’s exhausting.”

According to the film’s production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, the film set was subsequently shut down, and production was suspended indefinitely. No charges have been brought thus far. The incident is still under investigation.

“The entire cast and crew have been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” Rust Movie Productions LLC said in a statement. “We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”

According to the sheriff’s department, Hutchins was taken to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she died from her injuries.

Earlier on Thursday, a Baldwin spokesman told PEOPLE that “there was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.”

Following Hutchins’ passing, filmmakers, actresses, and members of the film business paid respect to the late cameraman.

“She was an absolutely incredible talent and a great person. She had such an eye and a visual style; she was the kind of cinematographer that you wanted to see succeed because you wanted to see what she could pull off next,” wrote actor Joe Manganiello on Instagram.