It didn’t take long for the horror of Wednesday morning’s on-air shooting of a Virginia news team to sink in before conservatives were busy race baiting and gun trolling.
At about 6:45 a.m. local time, WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were shot point-blank, allegedly by Vester Flanagan who goes by the broadcast pseudonym Bryce Williams. He apparently filmed the attack and tweeted his confession.
“RACE MURDER IN VIRGINIA: BLACK REPORTER SUSPECTED OF EXECUTING WHITE COLLEAGUES,” a Breitbart headline screamed.
Flanagan had tweeted that Parker “made racist comments.” His account is now suspended. Flanagan was fired from the station last year and sued WDBJ for discrimination, according to FTVLive. The case was dismissed.
Flanagan shot himself, but his current condition is unclear, with some sources reporting he is in critical condition and others that he has died, NBC News reports.
Twitchy Team, a Twitter and blog platform founded by conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, kicked into high gear by attacking comedian Rob Delaney for “politicizing a double murder.”
Delaney expressed rage over the graphic murders by lashing out at the National Rifle Association.
.@NRA Was that on-air double homicide by handgun sponsored content?
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) August 26, 2015
Similarly, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was attacked from the right for tweeting grief at the attack and the need to end gun violence.
— Erik Soderstrom (@soderstrom) August 26, 2015
One Twitter user decided the fact that Flanagan was registered as a Democrat explained everything about the heinous crime.
— Howie Rubenstein (@HowieRubenstein) August 26, 2015
Some concluded that the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to end police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system, was somehow to blame, though Flanagan made no mention of the movement in his Twitter confession or recent Facebook posts.
— Larry Freeborn (@FreeboLarry) August 26, 2015
A black man murdered two white colleagues on live t.v. Keep giving #BlackLivesMatter a voice, MSM. They’re killing YOUR COLLEAGUES.
— Bree :) (@bree_mars) August 26, 2015
Do all lives matter yet? — Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 26, 2015
WDBJ tweeted that they are choosing not to air the video of the shooting, while some expressed anger at CNN for showing the video repeatedly.