Kim Murphy and Sergei Loiko of the Los Angeles Times jumped on the story immediately.
Kim: The entire town seemed to have been taken hostage. … Everyone was waiting. Everyone was agonizing. Everybody was just hoping that there was a way out of this situation. And they waited there day and night.
Oprah: What was going on in the hearts and minds of the Russian people?
Sergei: Unfortunately, [they] have grown accustomed to living in the atmosphere of constant terrorist threats… But this time—this time it's a horrible tragedy.