“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin said.

Alec Baldwin was “practicing a cross draw” with a prop gun when a shot from the firearm fatally wounded cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust,” the movie’s director told investigators, the New York Daily News reports.

Director Joel Souza recalled “hearing what sounded like a whip and then loud pop” on the film’s New Mexico set last Thursday, before Hutchins grabbed her midsection, CNN reported, citing a search warrant affidavit released Sunday.

Baldwin was practicing the gun-drawing technique while “sitting in a pew in a church building setting,” Souza said. The 42-year-old Hutchins died and Souza, who was standing behind her, was hospitalized after Baldwin fired the prop gun.

Assistant director Dave Halls told investigators last week that he didn’t realize the gun was loaded when he handed it to Baldwin. Souza recalled hearing “cold gun” on set, indicating the prop wasn’t loaded, according to his conversation with investigators. The director has been released from the hospital.

Production for “Rust” will remain paused until an investigation is over, the Western film’s producers told staff members in a letter Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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