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Virginia Shooting: Ricky Gervais Slams Gun Violence Over WDBJ7 News Crew Killing

26/08/2015 16:08 BST | Updated 27/08/2015 12:59 BST

Ricky Gervais has likened having guns to giving people bombs after an American reporter and cameraman were shot dead live on air while filming a segment in a Virginia shopping plaza on Wednesday morning.

The 54-year-old actor and director spoke out on gun violence in response to this morning's attack, which has left a third person critically injured.

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Gunfire erupted suddenly, leaving the reporter no time to react

Tributes have poured in for reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, who were conducting an interview at the Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when they were killed.

Vicki Gardner, head of the SML Chamber of Commerce, was being interviewed and was shot in the back. She is currently in hospital.

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It has been reported that the gunman is a "disgruntled employee" of the television station, WDBJ7.

Police pursued the shooter, believed to be Bryce Williams, who filmed the brutal attack and put it on social media.

Williams was pursued by police as he fled the scene and local media are now reporting that he shot himself and is in a critical condition.

Gervais, who splits his time between the US and the UK, spoke out against gun violence following the shocking news.

Gervais countered gun-lobbyists' claims that guns don't kill people, people do. He wrote: "Then you can say the same about bombs. Let's give everyone the right to have bombs."

The writer and comedian also paid tribute to those who died in the shootings, adding that he was "shocked by the insanity of the Virginia shooting".

As scenarios of other objects killing people grew more ridiculous through suggestions on Twitter - including cars and hands - Gervais retorted, highlighting the absurdity in people's claims.

He then sums up those who want guns:

Gervais then asks whether all those who are "desperate to own guns because it's their legal right" would give up the firearms if the law was changed.