Virginia is facing a terrible tragedy Wednesday morning, as WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker, 24, and WDBJ7 photographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed while conducting an interview around 6:45 a.m. local time in Moneta, Va., the TV station announced Wednesday.
The shooter, identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II (he went by Bryce Williams at the news station), 41, shot and killed himself only a few hours later.
Celebrities and politicians have turned to social media to react to the horrible news, tweeting their love, support and prayers for the fallen reporters and their families. Here is what stars are saying:
Shocked and horrified by the news coming out of Virginia... To murder people and then live tweet about it?? It's sick.— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) August 26, 2015
Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at @WDBJ7 as well as the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Such a terrible tragedy.— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) August 26, 2015
Don't know what to say. I'm just sick to my stomach and so, so sad. Nothing to do but hold on to each other and pray for something better.— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) August 26, 2015
My heart goes out to the two journalists who were shot in Virginia this morning. My show airs on @WDBJ7 every day. Sending love to you all.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 26, 2015
Why is no one talking/ writing about the 10 years old who held a classroom hostage with a gun yesterday in Virgina? #guncontrol— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 26, 2015
Ann and my hearts and prayers go out to the family and colleagues of @WDBJ7's Alison Parker and Adam Ward.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 26, 2015
RIP Alison Parker & Adam Ward. Two TV journalists shot dead live on air in America today. Horrendous. pic.twitter.com/B6ruMYyCQ2— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and co-workers of #WDBJ. What a terrible, terrible tragedy.— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) August 26, 2015
Amy Schumer retweeted this tweet:
This is time to confront the reality of gun violence, not turn your back and pretend everything is OK.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 26, 2015