Stars React: Virginia Reporter Alison Parker And Cameraman Adam Ward Shot Dead On Live TV
Stars are reacting to Wednesday’s murder of reporter Alison Parker, and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot to death during a live TV interview near Roanoke, Virginia. See celebrity reactions below.
The victims, who worked for local TV station WDBJ7, were filming a piece at the Smith Mountain Lake resort when the attack occurred. While Parker was interviewing a resort employee, shots were fired off camera. Screaming could be heard in the background as Parker attempted to flee the scene.
Just before the footage by Ward was cut off, there was a quick glimpse of a gunman dressed in black. The suspect has been identified as Bryce Williams, a former employee of WDBJ. Williams shot himself when he was confronted by law enforcement shortly after the attack, and it’s been reported that he later died from his injuries.
The murders were allegedly in retaliation for Parker and Ward complaining about Williams to human resources. He was fired from the news station a year ago. From the footage, it’s clear neither Parker nor Ward had seen Williams approaching before they were ambushed. Celebrities are now reacting to the horrific murder.
Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Heartbroken and angry. We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims’ families in Virginia.” Piers Morgan wrote, “RIP Alison Parker & Adam Ward. Two TV journalists shot dead live on air in America today. Horrendous.” Carson Daly said, “So tragic. Praying for these families.” Erin Andrews called the occurrence “awful.” She added, “Even worse…so young,” in reference to the ages of Parker and Ward, who were 24 and 27, respectively.
A few comedians voiced their opinion about the tragedy, but of course, none of them found a shred of humor in the situation. Ellen DeGeneres wrote, “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.” Ricky Gervais tweeted, “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.” Jim Gaffigan said he “just can’t comprehend,” while Michael Ian Black demanded “Gun control now. Not going to wait to talk about it.” Tommy Chong wrote, “More gun violence… Lets make sure what happened in Virginia doesn’t have to happen again. Promote Peace.”
Actress Nia Vardalos expressed, “Prayers and love for the friends and families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward.” Debra Messing referenced Williams’ actions after the incident, writing, “He video taped himself committing murder. He tweeted about it. He posted the video. What has happened to us?” Sophia Bush shared a similar sentiment, writing, “To murder people and then live tweet about it?? It’s sick.” Maria Menounos revealed she was, “overwhelmed w/emotion” over the tragedy.
Meanwhile, Russell Simmons retweeted the news story, as well as a statement from his business partner Michael Skolnik, which read, “Thirty-two people a day, over 12,000 per year, are shot and killed in America.” Reggie Bush sent his, “Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the reporter and cameraman in Virginia shooting.” Brad Paisley expressed he was, “Shocked and saddened by the events in Virginia today. Prayers for everyone involved, and deepest sympathy.”
Gossip Cop will continue to update as more stars react to the tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families during this difficult time.