President Barack Obama has responded to the horrific shooting that struck Virginia on the morning of Aug. 26. Sadly, two members of the WDBJ news crew were killed after the tragic incident. Read the president’s reaction to the shooting here.
On the morning of Aug. 26 in Moneta, Virginia, TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were both shot to death on live television. Hours after the terrible tragedy, President Barack Obama, 54, opened up about the horrific incident and revealed how disasters like these “breaks [his] heart.”
While President Obama has yet to make an official statement on the matter, he briefly touched upon the issue in a one-on-one interview with ABC6. “It breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents,” President Obama said. “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”
The tragedy happened on the morning of Aug. 26 during a routine morning interview. Both journalists were conducting an interview with Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Vicki Gardner, before all three were shot by Vester Flanagan, 41. The shooter, who had previously worked at the news station with the two victims using the on-air name Bryce Williams, was reportedly fired for undisclosed reasons.
A brief review of Vester’s tweets showed the former WDBJ employee had issues with his former co-workers. Before the suspect’s reported Twitter account under the handle, @bryce_williams7, was suspended, he accused Alison of making “racist comments.” Vester also claimed that Adam reported him to HR after “working with [him] one time.”
Vester In Critical Condition After Allegedly Shooting Himself
After sharing those tweets about his former co-workers, Vester then posted a video of himself shooting the victims on Facebook. Please watch the graphic video above at your own discretion. Once he was identified as a suspect in the shooting, the 41-year-old fled the scene and went on a speed chase with authorities.
Shortly after, a report by CNN claimed the alleged gunman was caught after shooting himself. There was some confusion about whether or not Vester survived the alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound. Shortly after it was reported that Vester was in very critical condition, the former reporter was transported to a hospital where he later died.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of the victims involved in this tragic incident.
— Michelle Phi