Alison Parker and Adam Ward: Virginia Journalist and Photographer Shot on Live TV

Alison Parker and Adam Ward: Virginia Journalist and Photographer Shot on Live TV

Alison Parker and Adam Ward: Virginia Journalist and Photographer Shot on Live TV

Early this morning tragedy struck on live TV when reporter Alison Parker, and photographer Adam Ward, both from a local news station, were shot and killed during a live interview.

During a live interview at Bridgewater Plaza, approximately eight gunshots are heard as a reporter is seen interviewing someone on-screen. The camera then drops to the ground and the broadcast cuts back to the anchor desk.

See the video here (WARNING: Graphic and Disturbing Content):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jry-rhTEiQI

The shooter has allegedly been identified as a disgruntled ex-employee, but as of now is not in police custody.

A manhunt was underway in Franklin County, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said told WTOP radio that police know who the shooter is and are pursuing him.

The station said the shooting took place at about 6:45 a.m., at Smith Mountain Lake, a resort about 35 miles from Roanoke. Killed were WDBJ7’s cameraman Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24.

More on the victims:

Ward graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech and Parker grew up in Martinsville and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University, according to WDBJ.

Parker interned at the station while at James Madison, and said in a station news release when they announced her hiring: “It was that internship that took the skills I learned at JMU and allowed me to apply them. That internship made me fall in love with the business, and I knew broadcast journalism was exactly what I wanted to pursue.”

There are no words to describe how heartbreaking the situation is. Alison’s boyfriend, an anchor, has made a statement.

WDBJ7-TV spoke out as well.

“This kind of loss will resonate in these halls for a long, long time as we remember in their short lives what dedicated journalism they produced and what outstanding journalists they were,” WDBJ7 general manager Jeffrey Marks said.

Our prayers are with everyone involved, and may the suspect be apprehended quickly. We’ll keep this page updated as the day progresses.

 

UPDATE:

The shooter has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan:

Authorities have identified the suspect accused of gunning down a 24-year-old local reporter and a 27-year-old photographer this morning on live television.

Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, has been named as the suspect accused of shooting reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward in Moneta, Va.

Apparently he previously worked at the same station under a different name.

MONETA, Va. — According to a former WDBJ employee, Vester L. Flanagan — the man authorities say they’re seeking in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting of two journliasts — worked at WDBJ as a reporter about a year using the on-air name Bryce Williams.

The police have still not apprehended the suspect, however, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said his arrest is imminent.

McAuliffe said the suspect’s arrest is imminent and that police are pursuing the alleged gunman on an interstate.

Authorities described the suspect as a 6-foot-3, 200-pound black male driving a 2009 gray Ford Mustang.

 

UPDATE:

The shooter has allegedly taken his own life.

The man suspected of killing two WDBJ7 employees Wednesday morning killed himself on I-66 in Faquier County, according to state police.

 

UPDATE:

Early reports were inaccurate, shooter is in critical condition.

 

UPDATE:

It has been confirmed by the Franklin County Police, the shooter has died.

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