By John Powell
Two journalists were shot to death during a live TV broadcast on Aug. 26 outside Roanoke, Va.
WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker, 24, was interviewing a Chamber of Commerce official at a shopping mall in Moneta, Va., when a gunman opened fire, killing her and 27-year-old cameraman, Adam Ward. Ward proposed to his fiancée, WDBJ7 producer Melissa Ott, during a visit to the Newseum. WDBJ7 is a CBS affiliate in Roanoke.
The journalists’ deaths came three months after Capital Community News reporter Charnice Milton was killed in the crossfire of a shootout between two gangs in Southeast Washington, D.C. Milton was returning home after covering a community meeting. She was 27.
Deadly attacks involving journalists in the United States are extremely rare. The last confirmed case was in 2007 when Chauncey Bailey, editor of The Oakland Post, was shot to death by a masked gunman steps away from the newspaper’s building.