This is absolutely horrible. As you probably know, a TV reporter and her cameraman were shot and killed as they were doing a live broadcast for WDBJ7-TV, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia this morning.
Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed. They were 24 and 27, respectively, and both of them were engaged to be married to other people. Parker had been interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of Smith Mountain Lake. As of this writing, her condition is not known.
The suspect is apparently either a current or former employee of the station who was shot himself although his condition is unknown.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a killing has been captured on live TV. Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald immediately springs to mind, but Parker and Ward hadn’t just assassinated a President. In an age where everything is captured on video, I suppose it was only a matter of time before something so awful would happen with thousands of people watching and helpless to do anything about it.
Sometimes we need to see the horror. Dwight Eisenhower was right to preserve the film from Ohrdruf because much of the world hadn’t known what happened and needed to know. But in this case, I’m with Charles C.W. Cooke on this one. We know what happened. Just seeing the picture of the gun pointing at Parker seconds before she was murdered is chilling enough. I will not watch the video.
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