Work hit home Wednesday for Alicia Acuña, a Fox News correspondent covering a shooting at a Colorado high school.
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Acuña was reporting from outside East High School in Denver, where a 17-year-old student opened fire, seriously injuring two administrators. During her live coverage, her son came running into view and hugged her.
“I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry,” the reporter told her colleagues as she saw her son coming her way. Then, as she embraced him, she told her son, “I just need to finish this real quick, OK? You good?”
“I’m so sorry,” Acuña said again as she looked back toward the camera. “There’s no way you would have let your kid walk by.”
Another Fox News colleague on the air then told the correspondent she could step away to spend some time with her son if she needed to, but Acuña continued the broadcast.
“He’s OK — he’s good,” she said, glancing over at her child in the emotional scene, all captured on live TV. “He’s the one who was telling me what was happening and my sister telling me what her daughter was telling her.”
She added, “This is a real weird thing, toddling between reporting and being a parent here.”
Bryan Llenas, a national correspondent for Fox News, praised Acuña for the “remarkable job” she did covering a terrifying situation — particularly one involving her own son.
As for those injured in the attack, one of the victims, Jerald Mason, was released from the hospital Wednesday evening, while the other, Eric Sinclair, remained in serious condition, according to Denver Health.
The alleged attacker ultimately turned the gun on himself. His body was found near his vehicle.
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