Late Wednesday morning, a television reporter and cameraman were fatally shot live on-air during a local news broadcast in Moneta, Virginia.
The suspected shooter is Vester Flanagan, who went by Bryce Williams on television, who was a former colleague of the two victims at the local WDBJ station. Soon after the attack, Williams allegedly started tweeting from a Twitter account that reportedly belonged to him, sharing messages about his reasoning for the shooting as well as videos reportedly documenting the attack.
As disturbing details continue to pour in around the tragic slaying of the two journalists, notable figures began to take to social media to share their reactions, thoughts, and prayers with the world.
Here is a collection of reactions from public figures, politicians, celebrities, and journalists that will be updated as more flow in:
Reactions to live on-air shooting in Virginia
Reactions to the fatal on-air shooting in Virginia
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.
Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia. -H
Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake. State Police on scene working w/ local law agencies to capture suspect.
Thoughts w/the loved ones & colleagues of the young #WDBJ journalists murdered this a.m. doing the jobs they loved. http://t.co/AkhMmccGIW
Shocked and horrified by the news coming out of Virginia... To murder people and then live tweet about it?? It's sick.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and colleagues of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. So heartbreaking #WDBJ https://t.co/lgmCAKdXxX
Shocked by the insanity of the Virginia shooting. My thoughts are with the loved ones and I hope we will find a solution to this madness.
I've worked in markets like #WDBJ. Sometimes you're early in your career, and your coworkers are a 2nd family. I can't imagine their grief
Heartbroken about the shooting in Va today. My deepest sympathy to family & friends of Alison and Adam, prayers for Vicki. @WDBJ7 #hometown
Two journalist were shot and killed today. On TV. Live.
Let me guess. Now is not the time to discuss gun control?
Senseless violence tears at my heart today. Thoughts are with the loved ones of the news crew killed in Virginia this morning.
So sorry and shocked to hear about the shooting in Virginia. My heart goes out to the victims families and loved ones
Remember that even when shooting deaths are happening in front of our eyes on live TV, it's not the right time to talk about gun control.
What a sad, sad day.
Two journalists murdered doing their jobs.
Horrified to hear that 2 young journalists were shot & killed doing the job they loved. Praying for the #WDBJ family. http://t.co/kE0sAJhCy3
HOW MANY TIMES DOES THIS NEED TO HAPPEN BEFORE WE GET IT? WE NEED MORE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GUN CONTROL AND MENTAL ILLNESS. #WDBJ
Not sure how these folks at #WDBJ are doing what they're doing today. Pros beyond pros. Can't even imagine.
Shocked by the horrific murders in Roanoke. Columba and I are praying for Alison, Adam and all those affected.
Cathy and I are praying for the friends and family of those killed in the tragic shooting in Franklin County this morning.
Tragic loss of @dowork88 and @AParkerWDBJ7 this morning. Our prayers go out to their friends, family and the entire news crew. - SW
Senseless. Awful. My thoughts are with the entire @WDBJ7 family. -O'M https://t.co/0LSdthgKE7
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and #WDBJ7. Absolutely heartbreaking.
Janet & I are heartbroken by the deaths of @WDBJ7 journalists Alison Parker & Adam Ward. Praying for everyone affected by this tragedy.
All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of @WDBJ7’s Alison and Adam.
My prayers go out to the @WDBJ7 family and their tragic loss this morning.
My thoughts & prayers are with all affected by the shooting this morning in Roanoke, Virginia.
My thoughts are with the family & friends of Amy & Adam from @WDBJ7. Like so many other journalists, their work is central to our freedom.
#RIPAlisonandAdam you feel safe at work. your guards were down because why wouldn't they be? This was SO unfair. 24 and 27 years old.
So the shooter has a Twitter account where he's posting videos of himself walking up and committing the shooting. Good God.
Already this year, 39 journalists have been killed around the world. Today, 2 more names are being added to the list. http://t.co/l0rR6tXTig
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Screenshots from Williams' since-deleted social media accounts: