Many offered condolences, some called for stricter gun laws, and gun company stocks jumped in price even amid a bear market following the deadly shooting of two journalists on live television.
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed round 6:45 this morning while interviewing a source about a water park in Bridgewater Plaza, Virginia. Police say the shooter was a disgruntled employee.
The story developed throughout the morning and seemingly ended when the gunman crashed his car after a chase by police and turned his gun on himself. He later died in a hospital.
Many spoke out to offer their condolences on social media and tried to shine light on the victims.
When WDBJ7 General Manager, Jeff Marks, confirmed details of the death this morning on air, he released a brief statement about the loss before cutting to live coverage.
“I cannot tell you how much they were loved, Alison and Adam, by the WDBJ7 team. They both were in love — and we’ll talk about that a little more — with other members of the team,” Marks said. “And our hearts are broken and our sympathies go to the entire staff here, but also the parents and family of Adam Ward and Alison Parker who were just out doing their job today.”
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