Reno hospital shooting

Emergency vehicles at the scene of a shooting at Renown Medical Center in Reno. (Scott Sady / Associated Press / December 17, 2013)

A shooting at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno on Tuesday prompted a flurry of Twitter activity from witnesses, journalists and community members that reflected tones of both shock and sadness.

Reports of the shooting appeared shortly after 2 p.m., as officials from Renown Health and the University of Nevada-Reno Police Services used their social media accounts to confirm details of the shooting to the public.

Throughout the day, the accounts were updated with information that included how many were injured or dead, street closures and details of the lockdown at the facility that followed the shootings.

In addition to the official updates, those who were stranded inside the hospital during the lockdown, such as state Sen. Debbie Smith, used their accounts to post live updates.

In the wake of the Arapahoe High School shooting in Colorado, which occurred less than a week earlier, many also took to their Twitter accounts to express their shock and confusion over how another shooting could occur so soon after it.

Some, such as U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, posted sympathetic tweets for victims and their families.

A sampling of Twitter posts on the shooting:

 

 

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