Violence against reporters and editors is rare in the United States — especially compared with other nations — but press freedom groups have been warning in recent years of mounting hostility and threats to journalists.
In the 2015 incident, a TV reporter and a photographer were fatally shot on air by a former colleague. Adam Ward and Alison Parker of WDBJ7 were reporting live from a mall in Virginia when the gunman approached them and opened fire.
In 2007, a newspaper reporter was killed in Oakland over his reporting on the financial ties of a bakery that was a hub for community activism. Chauncey Bailey was the editor of several weekly newspapers.
In 2001, Robert Stevens, a photo editor at the tabloid newspaper The Sun in Boca Raton, Fla., was killed by anthrax. It was the same strain that the FBI believes researcher Bruce Ivins sent through the mail.
William Biggart, a free-lance photographer, was killed after dashing to the scene of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
In 1993, Dona St. Plite, a Haitian-born reporter at WKAT in Miami, was killed at a benefit for the family of another reporter who had been murdered.