WDBJ Live-TV Shooting: Media Express Shock, Grief, Solidarity With Slain Journalists
"A salute to our journalistic colleagues at WDBJ."
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were both killed on live television on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire while they were broadcasting. The woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, who was also shot and is reportedly in the hospital for her injuries. Journalists across the country took to social media to share their reactions to the tragic news.
Good Morning America anchor Amy Robach tweeted, "My heart is breaking for family and friends of Alison Parker + Adam Ward. A shocking, sad, sickening act of violence, we are with u WDBJ-TV." The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin said, "A salute to our journalistic colleagues at #WDBJ." Vox's Ezra Klein shared a string of information about gun violence in America.
He said the charts are "particularly important right now, as today’s insane, awful tragedy is one of so many insane, awful tragedies in the US." He said, "Other countries don’t have this many insane, awful tragedies, and there are reasons for that, reasons we can learn from."
Here's a look at what reporters and anchors had to say:
A salute to our journalistic colleagues at #WDBJ— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) August 26, 2015
Alison & I are both 24. Both reporters. I can't imagine being killed when I have so much left to do. Worst I've felt writing in months. RIP.— Polly Mosendz (@polly) August 26, 2015
My heart goes out to @WDBJ7 crew at scene of shooting and back in newsrooms waiting to find out fate of colleagues.— Brian Ries (@moneyries) August 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 2 journalists tragically killed today in VA. And Also with the entire #wdbj family.— Patrick Paolini Jr (@patrickgmfox5dc) August 26, 2015
Another shooting, another round of tweets and sloganeering, another defeat that looks a lot like forgetfulness, another shooting.— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) August 26, 2015
Honestly, to hell with this miserable place. See you guys later.— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) August 26, 2015
My heart is breaking for family and friends of Alison Parker + Adam Ward. A shocking, sad, sickening act of violence, we are with u WDBJ-TV— Amy Robach (@arobach) August 26, 2015
But when scroll through those mass shootings and think about how many families were destroyed by every one...the mind shrinks from the task— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 26, 2015