President Obama said Wednesday the shooting death of two TV journalists “breaks my heart,” adding that U.S. gun deaths dwarf those related to terrorism.
“It breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents,” Obama said in an interview with Philadelphia TV station WPVI.
“What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism,” the president added.
The shooting outside of Roanoke, Va., was the latest in a string of high-profile shootings that have cast a pall over Obama’s presidency.
Local television news reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down on Wednesday morning while on assignment by a suspect identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, a former employee of the television station who went by Bryce Williams on-air.