A white Pittsburgh anchorwoman has apologized for the way she described the suspects in a shooting that left five people dead.
Victims of the shooting were gunned down during a cookout after gunmen opened fire from a nearby alley.
According to WKBN, WTAE anchor-reporter Wendy Bell described the suspects in the shooting as “young black men” with “multiple siblings from multiple fathers” and “their mothers work multiple jobs.”
Bell apologized in a Facebook post.
“I have removed a post that I initially placed here on Monday. I sincerely apologize for that post about the Wilkinsburg mass shooting and the restaurant employee whom my husband and I encountered,” she wrote. “I now understand that some of the words I chose were insensitive and could be viewed as racist. I regret offending anyone. I’m truly sorry.”
White Anchor Describes Shooting Suspects as “Young Black Men” with “Multiple Siblings From Multiple Fathers”Click to tweet
In her original post, Bell drew her own profile of the shooting suspects.
“You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday.
‘They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s.
“They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before.
“They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”
The anchor then said “there’s hope”, referring to a young African-American teen she’d seen “hustling like nobody’s business at a restaurant.”
Read all of her comments below: