There were gunshots – screaming – then this:
“Ok, not sure what happened there.
We will of course, let you know as soon as we find out what those sounds were from.”
A stunned news anchor, apparently unsure how to explain what had just unfolded in front of thousands of TV viewers.
A reporter and cameraman were shot dead at close range in Virginia during an interview on breakfast television for US station WDBJ7.
The victims were 24 year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27 year-old cameraman, Adam Ward.
WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks has described what happened.
“They were doing a routine interview, you saw Alison on camera with the person she was interviewing, you heard several shots fired, Alison screamed and started running away. By that time, we believe, Adam was already shot and Alison was shot as she ran away.”
The person being interviewed, Vicky Gardner, was also shot and is recovering in hospital.
Some hours after the shooting, County Sheriff Bill Overton confirmed the gunman was dead.
“At approximately 1:30pm today the suspect from this incident, this shooting, died at Fairfax Nova Hospital in northern Virginia as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, was a former employee of the TV network.
As a reporter he had been known as Bryce Williams.
Posts on his Twitter and Facebook feeds indicate he had grievances with the station.
He also posted a video that appeared to show the attack filmed from his point-of-view, before his social media accounts were suspended.
Mr Marks says the station is still coming to terms with what happened.
“You know, you send people into war zones, you send people to dangerous situations and to riots and you worry they are going to get hurt. You send someone to do a story on tourism and this… um,.,. how can you ever expect something like this to happen? We are.. you know, we use all the words – senseless, devastated – those are all those news catch-words, but they all apply.”
The shooting has once again revitalised debate about gun violence in America.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the shooting highlights the need for action, and she’s vowed to tackle the issue.
“It’s a very political, difficult issue in America. But I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough, to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that whatever motivated this murderer who eventually took his own life, we will not see more deaths; needless, senseless deaths.”