President Obama has revealed he was heartbroken when he learned a TV news reporter and a cameraman were shot dead during a live broadcast in Virginia.
He also slammed the number of gun-related homicides in the United States, adding that it ‘dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism’.
Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down by former employee of the CBS affiliate Vester Flanagan while filming an on-air, early morning segment.
The 41-year-old shot and wounded himself several hours later as police pursued him on a Virginia highway.
He died later at the hospital, police said.
Speaking to ABC, Obama said: ‘It breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that Congress could pass legislation that would have a ‘tangible impact on reducing gun violence in this country.’
Democratic candidate for President, Hillary Clinton, also weighed in on the shooting, tweeting to her followers that she was ‘heartbroken and angry.’
‘We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims’ families in Virginia,’ the former secretary of state wrote.
Credit: Sky News
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