Who Is Hayley Geftman-Gold? The CBS Exec Was Fired For Her Las Vegas Comments


Tragedy struck on Monday when a gunman fired on the audience at a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring at least 527 more. It was the most deadly mass shooting in modern U.S. history, and led to an outpouring of support and grief for the victims. One person wasn't so sympathetic, though: A network executive was fired for saying that she doesn't feel sympathy for the Las Vegas shooting victims, because "country music fans often are republican [sic] gun toters."

Hayley Geftman-Gold, a now-former vice president and senior counsel of strategic transactions at CBS, posted in a Facebook thread:

CBS soon announced that Geftman-Gold is no longer an employee of the company.

As a legal executive at the network, Geftman-Gold did not work directly with CBS' news division.

Authorities say that the gunman was perched on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino when he fired on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night. When SWAT teams arrived at the gunman's room, they found at least 20 rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and multiple high-capacity magazines, according to The New York Times. The shooter himself was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound by the time the police showed up, Fox News reported.

At time of wrting, the gunman's motives are unknown. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed responsibility for the shooting on Monday, saying in a pair of statements that the shooter had converted to Islam and was a "solider" of ISIS. However, the terrorist group presented no evidence for this claim, and the FBI quickly said that they had no reason to believe the gunman was connected to any foreign terrorist groups, ISIS or otherwise.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse told a press conference Monday:

Nevertheless, ISIS repeated the claim later in the day that the Vegas shooter was acting on the group's behalf. One terror expert said that this might simply be an attempt by the group to remain relevant in the eyes of its supporters. As University of Maryland terrorism researcher Herbie Tinsley told BuzzFeed:

Mandalay Bay was on lockdown immediately after the shooting, and canceled all of its scheduled shows for Monday.

On Twitter, President Donald Trump offered his "warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting"; he did not refer to it as a terrorist attack.