Restraint over retweeting urged in Virginia attack video

Sgt. Rick Garletts with the Virginia State Police speaks about using license plate recognition equipment to help identify suspect Vester Flanagan, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Moneta, Va. A TV reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday by former colleague Vester Flanagan, a journalist who also recorded himself carrying out the killings and then posted the video on social media. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The online reaction spread quickly as expected after a killer posted video of his attack on two former co-workers in the midst of a live news broadcast.

Yet the social media response after Wednesday’s killings was not as wide as might have been expected.

Shocked Twitter and Facebook users urged others not to click on, retweet or otherwise circulate the recording made by Vester Lee Flanagan that he posted before he died hours later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from WDBJ-TV in Virginia were killed.

Some of the strongest requests for restraint came from those close to the victims.

Brent Watts, the TV station’s meteorologist, asked Twitter users that they please not share or post the video. Thousands retweeted his request.


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