TV Anchors Head to San Bernardino as Obama Addresses Shooting
NBC's Lester Holt and ABC's David Muir will anchor from Southern California on Thursday.
TV news divisions have mobilized to cover the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting, with broadcast units sending anchors to Southern California and cable news continuing virtually wall-to-wall coverage of the Wednesday-afternoon shooting at a county developmental-disability center.
NBC's Lester Holt and ABC's David Muir will anchor their respective nightly news broadcasts from California. CBS This Morning co-anchor Norah O'Donnell and Good Morning America's Amy Robach also were on the ground there for the Thursday edition of their programs.
Meanwhile, broadcast networks cut into regular programming on Thursday morning to cover President Barack Obama's statements on the shooting.
Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and FBI Director James Comey, Obama stressed that Congress must come together to make it harder for dangerous individuals to acquire guns.
"We see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shootings in this country. And I think so many Americans sometimes feel as if there's nothing we can do about it," said Obama. "I do think that as the investigation moves forward, it's going to be important for all of us, including our legislators, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide they want to do somebody harm, we're making it a little harder for them to do it. Because right now, it's just too easy."
He added that legislatures need to take "basic steps to make it harder — not impossible — but harder for people to get access to weapons."
Fourteen people were killed and 17 were injured on Wednesday when two people, identified as Syed Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, dressed in assault gear and carrying automatic weapons opened fire at a holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center. Police have not ruled out terrorism, though Farook had worked for the county.
Both suspects were killed in a shoot-out with police, after what was believed to be their getaway car was tracked to nearby Redlands, Calif.