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10/23/2014 10:07 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2014

Anderson Cooper Scolds Reporter Who Asks For 'Selfie' At Ottawa Shooting Site

Anderson Cooper got into a verbal altercation with a Sun News contributor Wednesday night while reporting live on the horrific shooting in Ottawa, Canada.

Cooper was taking a break from live coverage when journalist Vandon Gene approached him and asked for a photo. Cooper quickly denied the request due to the circumstances, telling Gene to "have a little respect."

But when he wouldn't back down, Cooper didn't hold back.

"No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed," Cooper said firmly. "It seems wildly inappropriate."

Gene continued to press Cooper on Twitter Wednesday night for refusing to take a picture with him.

"I can't believe CNN would employ you when you SWEAR to your fans," he tweeted. Adding: "I simply asked for a photo. YOU are exploiting this tragedy by flying to Ottawa from NYC. I just got out of a 12 hr lockdown."

The tweets have since been deleted, but were captured in a screen grab:

And Cooper responded:

Gene apologized early Thursday morning for the incident, though not to Cooper directly:

H/T Mediaite

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