A Roanoke, Va.-area TV news reporter and her cameraman were both shot dead by an unknown gunman during a Wednesday-morning segment, as it was being broadcast live.
Around 6:45 am, WDBJ-7’s Alison Parker, 24, with cameraman Adam Ward, 27, was reporting for the CBS affiliate from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Va., when a shooter, believed to be male, approached and fired at least a half dozen shots, hitting Parker, Ward and at least one other person.
Shortly thereafter, WDBJ president and GM Jeffrey A. Marks went on air to report that both Parker and Ward had died from their injuries. “Our hearts are broken,” he said. “[We’re] holding back tears.” (http://tvline.com/2015/08/26/virginia-tv-reporter-cameraman-shot-dead/)
Sometimes I have to take a step back when I read reports like this and actually write about them. Take away the humor I usually use and actually write something meaningful, at least attempt to anyway.
Innocent lives are taken every single day but usually we just turn our heads to it. We hear about a child dying and in that moment we feel sad, then we keep on with out day. Today two innocent people were killed on live television while they were doing a job that they loved. A gunman went right up to them without any problem and shot them. He wanted to make a statement and it has been made. If you murder two people, and shoot a third person you want to make a statement. The world is a scary place and all you can do is pray that you are surrounded by some of the good people.You can’t let yourself be afraid but you also have to stay aware of your surroundings. This world is a very messed up place, that is all I can say.
Of course this won’t happy but I hope that people don’t release the footage, of course it was live and I am sure a lot of people saw it happen live but let these two people rest in peace. They were killed over nothing, there was nothing that they did wrong in order to make this happen.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of their family members, friends, and colleges that are dealing with such a tremendous loss that wasn’t needed.
Maybe it is time to finally start getting more serious about gun laws in this country. How many innocent people have to die until there is a change? How many shootings do we have to hear about? How many people have to lose their loved ones? It’s time to make a change on gun policies in this country.