WDBJ Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward murdered on air
WDBJ suffered a tremendous loss today. The Huffington Post reports the following.
Two journalists with Roanoke, Virginia-based news station WDBJ were killed Wednesday in a shooting that took place during a live broadcast. Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, died shortly after the incident, the station announced. Multiple shots rang out at around 6:45 a.m. during a broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake in the community of Moneta. Authorities are searching for the suspect.
Video of the actual shooting here.
According to The Telegraph,
16.51 Vester L Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, reportedly carried out the attack, posted video online, and then shot himself after leading police on a car chase.
16.46 Suspect sent out ‘long document’ before shooting
16.41 Suspect reportedly shoots himself
16.37 We will not be posting the video for obvious reasons. It shows a man walking up to Alison as she conducts an interview, which Adam is filming. The suspect then pauses, produces a gun, and opens fire. Alison does not appear to notice the gunman until the moment he fires the gun.
16.34 Chilling Twitter posts Bryce Williams Twitter account has been deactivated, but here is a screen grab of his final posts before posting a video of the attack.
16.26 Suspect filmed shooting An extremely graphic video has emerged of the suspect carrying out the attack, which he apparently filmed himself before posting online.
16.24 Suspect identified The suspect has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, who apparently used the name Bryce Williams while working as an anchor at the station.
15.18 Police have identified the suspect, but he remains on the loose.
15.16 Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says state police tell him the shooter may have been a disgruntled employee, and that police are in pursuit
When will America start to seriously tackle the problem of gun violence that is fairly unique to our country. How many more must die?
— WHSVnews (@WHSVnews) August 26, 2015
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