In the aftermath of the Virginia shooting Wednesday, politicians took to Twitter to express their grief and offer condolences to the friends and family of the two journalists killed by Vester L. Flanagan during a live television broadcast.
WDBJ reporter Allison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were filming a live interview Wednesday morning when they were fatally shot by Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams when he was employed at the news station.
Presidential candidates were among some of the politicians who tweeted condolences. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote Wednesday morning that he was "shocked by the horrific murders."
Shocked by the horrific murders in Roanoke. Columba and I are praying for Alison, Adam and all those affected.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 26, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called Parker and Ward's deaths a "tragic loss," while South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham tweeted that the shooting was "absolutely heartbreaking."
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) August 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and #WDBJ7. Absolutely heartbreaking.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 26, 2015
Fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson wrote that he sends his prayers to the station, as did Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
My prayers go out to the @WDBJ7 family and their tragic loss this morning.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) August 26, 2015
All of our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and loved ones of @WDBJ7’s Alison and Adam.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 26, 2015
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told followers that they were saddened by Parker and Ward's deaths, and had their families and friends in his thoughts.
I am saddened by the senseless deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Jane and I have their families and friends in our thoughts.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 26, 2015
Saddened by the deadly shooting in Virginia this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 26, 2015
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley denounced the shooting as "senseless."
— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) August 26, 2015
Others called for stricter gun control. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters in Ankeny, Iowa, Wednesday about the need for universal background checks for gun purchases. She also tweeted to followers that the country "cannot wait any longer" to push for gun control reform.
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