My role as a blogger is to reduce complexities to root matters.
So let me say this about that pair of television journalists at a CBS affiliate in Virginia who were shot and killed during a live broadcast this morning: The world is inhabited by many good souls. But dreadfully, there are some among us who are more mutant than man.
The news people became the news so shocking and depressing that it repainted our mood for hours.
Authorities said the suspected shooter, a former disgruntled employee at the station, shot himself after being confronted by police on an interstate highway.
The suspected gunman, identified as Vester Flanagan, a 41-year-old former WDBJ-TV reporter whose on-air name was Bryce Williams, was taken into custody and later died.
The victims, WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, her 27-year-old cameraman, died shortly after the shooting.
The gunman opened fire as Parker was interviewing Vicky Gardner, a local Chamber of Commerce official. Gardner was shot in the back and hospitalized for surgery. She was listed in stable condition.
A chilling first-person video posted to a Twitter account belonging to Williams shows what appears to be him holding a gun behind Parker and Ward during their live shoot, then firing three shots as Parker tries to flee.
“I filmed the shooting,” Williams tweeted after alleging Parker had made “racist comments” about him. The Twitter account has since been suspended.
It obviously was an utterly loathsome act, the latest example that revenge is indeed a treacherous wasteland.