A devastated reporter has broken down on camera while covering a shooting that killed a fellow journalist and two others in Orlando, Florida.
Standing outside a hospital where two victims are fighting for their lives, Luana Munoz said through tears: “This is every reporter’s worst nightmare.”
Spectrum News 13 TV reporter Dylan Lyons and a photographer were among five people shot by suspect Keith Moses in a spree of violence on Wednesday, cops say.
TV crews were on scene covering the earlier shooting when the 19-year-old suspect returned to the site and opened fire, Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.
Moses has been arrested and is awaiting formal charges for three fatalities, including a nine-year-old girl, while two surviving victims are in critical condition.
Local journalists raced to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be with victims and their families in a scene wrought with emotion.
“I apologise, this is really difficult to cover,” WESH2 reporter Munoz said outside the hospital.
She described embracing Lyons’ distraught fiancee, and said local media was standing together in solidarity.
“We go home at night afraid that something like this will occur,” the reporter said after pausing to collect herself.
“And that is what happened here.
“One of our own has just passed.”
Munoz then ended the report by saying she needed a moment to regain composure.
Orange County was rocked by a string of violence that began at around 11.15am when the sheriff‘s office received calls about a 20-year-old woman who was shot.
Witnesses reported seeing the young woman fall out of a car after she was fatally wounded by a gunman.
Deputies collected evidence from the neighbourhood and left to follow leads as they worked to identify a suspect, the sheriff said.
Hours later, news crews from multiple TV stations were at the scene reporting on the tragic shooting.
At around 4pm, officials got reports of a second shooting at the same scene as the first.
Lyons and a photographer were working inside a car when the suspect approached and opened fire, WFTV reporter Nick Papantonis said.
Moses fatally wounded one TV journalist and critically injured a photographer then went into a house, where he fired at a woman and her nine-year-old daughter, the sheriff said.
The little girl died at the hospital.
Law enforcement has been unable to identify a motive for the crimes at this point in the investigation and said it‘s unclear if the suspect knew the News 13 team was media personnel.
“We extend our deepest condolences to all of their families,” the sheriff‘s department wrote.
“This is a sad day for our community.”
The names of the news crew who were targeted by the gunman have not yet been released.
Charter Communications, Spectrum News 13‘s parent company, released a statement after the tragedy.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and the other lives senselessly taken today,” the company said.
“Our thoughts are with our employee‘s family, friends and co-workers during this very difficult time. We remain hopeful that our colleague who was injured makes a full recovery.
“This is a terrible tragedy for the Orlando community.”
Another Spectrum reporter said the surviving team member is in critical condition but is responsive.
“Many of us lost more than a colleague today. But, I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me and my News 13 family members who have reached out just to ask if we are ok,” News 13 reporter Asher Wildman tweeted.
“I appreciate it. Now prayers needed for two more fighting for their lives.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission