- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Reacting to breaking news of a shooting on the campus of UCLA, actress Debra Messing took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to post a selfie and the caption: “HORRENDOUS Watching news about shooting at UCLA with casualties while taking selfie 2bring awareness to Gun Violence.”

In the accompanying black-and-white photo — which appears to have been altered in photo-editing software — Miss Messing wears a bright orangish-pink T-shirt printed with the words, “Under the Gun.”

Miss Messing’s post was subsequently deleted, but not before being screen captured, where it was criticized in a post at the conservative-leaning Twitchy.com.

After engaging with some critics via Twitter, Miss Messing, who played the title character in NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura” as an NYPD homicide detective, sought to wrap up the debate with a final tweet showing a photo with a longer explanation and qualified apology for her selfie.

“I am heartbroken and embarrassed that many people misconstrued my actions and that I caused offense,” the former “Will & Grace” star wrote. “That’s the last thing I want to do,” she added saying the “horrendous irony of the timing” of the selfie underscored for her the “need for all of us to do something together to make the US safer.”

While events were unfolding in real time, it appears Miss Messing thought a spree shooting was underway, yet as the afternoon progressed, authorities made clear that wasn’t the case.

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A homicide and a suicide occurred,” Reuters quoted Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck as saying. “It appears to be entirely contained,” with “no suspects outstanding and no continuing threat to UCLA’s campus.”

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