In light of the tragic shooting which took place in a Maryland newsroom on Thursday, CNN made the decision to air an interview with survivors which included two uncensored expletives.
The taped interview aired on “Anderson Cooper 360” on Thursday evening, following the attack on the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis where at least five people were killed.
“Understandably, some of their descriptions are emotional, and there is some strong language,” Cooper warned as he introduced the earlier interview he conducted with Capital Gazette staff writers Phil Davis and Selene San Felice.
Davis and San Felice were in the building at the time of the shooting and witnessed their colleague John McNamara get shot. The two writers managed to survive by hiding under desks.
When Cooper asked if San Felice heard anything during the attack, she said that other than the gunshots, the only thing she remembered hearing was McNamara saying, “What the f***.”
The f-word was used again at the end of the interview when San Felice talked about President Donald Trump tweeting his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families.
“I’m not trying to make this political right?” she said. “But we need more than prayers – I want your prayers but I want something else.”
“I just don’t know what I want right now, right?” she continued. “But I’m gonna need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers because it’s – our whole lives have been shattered. And so thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a f*** about them if there’s nothing else.”
Cooper later tweeted two clips from the interview.
Police currently have one suspect is in custody, 38-year-old Maryland resident Jarrod Ramos.
The victims include Robert Hiaasen, Rebecca Smith, Gerald Fischman, McNamara, and Wendi Winters. Many others were also injured during the attack.