The unexpected shooting of a WDBJ television reporter and cameraman live on the air on Wednesday morning has shocked media professionals and other Americans who are turning to Twitter to express anger, grief or support for the Virginia TV station after the tragedy.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was “heartbroken and angry” before calling for action on gun control laws.
Many people shared similar sentiments, with one man tweeting, “I’m sorry for the world we have become.” Others asked that the issue not be politicized as a means to further new gun control legislation, instead allowing families and loved ones of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.
Read more reactions below.
Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims’ families in Virginia. -H
– Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2015
- Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) August 26, 2015
Modest Proposal: If Congress won't pass gun laws then they should just give Kevlar vests 2 all Americans. Cost: $40B, just 3wks of I/A war$.
Wish I could un-see what I’ve seen today. Prayers to #WDBJ family.
— Katherine Smith (@katsmithsports) August 26, 2015
Fellow Americans upset (rightly) about killing of #WDBJ journalists: Israel does the same thing in Gaza – and we’re arming them at $3B/yr.
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 26, 2015
Not sure how these folks at #WDBJ are doing what they're doing today. Pros beyond pros. Can't even imagine.
- Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) August 26, 2015
Our thoughts are with the victims' loved ones following the tragic #WDBJ shooting.
- E! Online (@eonline) August 26, 2015
The more I learn about what happened today to two #WDBJ journalists and the woman being interviewed… the more I feel absolutely sick.
- Lindsey Mastis (@LindseyMastis) August 26, 2015
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) August 26, 2015
– MuslimMarine (@mansoortshams) August 26, 2015
– Jeff Tiedrich (@jefftiedrich) August 26, 2015
To my reporter/photographer friends heading into the field to cover the news today, watch your six. It’s the world we live in now. #roanoke
– mike avila (@mikeavila) August 26, 2015
Wonder what the right will blame the shooting on, because it surely wasn’t a gun and availability that made it possible was it? #Virginia
– Anonymous (@AnonPress) August 26, 2015
– Mike Brookbank (@brookbanktv) August 26, 2015
I imagine defending self at point blank while holding a camera or carrying out an interview is… difficult. That argument is absurd #WBDJ
– Josh A (@NotJasonBiggs) August 26, 2015
– Travis (@Sw0rdf1sh) August 26, 2015