Reporter, photographer shot to death during live interview in Virginia

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Moneta, Va. – A reporter and photographer from a news station in Virginia were shot to death during a live news interview Wednesday morning.

During a live interview around 5:45 a.m., approximately eight gunshots are heard as a WDBJ reporter is seen interviewing someone on-screen. The camera then drops to the ground and the broadcast cuts back to the anchor desk.

WARNING: The video below shows the shooting as it took place. Viewer discretion is advised.

The video captures an image of the what’s believed to be the suspected shooter before it cuts away.

The video captures an image of the what’s believed to be the suspected shooter before it cuts away.
The video captures an image of the what’s believed to be the suspected shooter.

WDBJ has tweeted out that they are trying to figure out what happened and that law enforcement is on scene.

WDBJ confirmed that reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were both killed in the shooting.

Ward’s fiancée was in the control room and saw the shooting, WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks told CNN.

The other woman who appears in the video was also shot during the attack.

She was transported to the hospital and is now in surgery.

Authorities have a name and license plate number for a person believed to be the shooter, according to a law enforcement official.

“We do not know the motive. We do not know who the killer is,” WDBJ General Manager Jeffrey Marks said. “We do know the Franklin County sheriff … they are working very diligently to track down both the motive and the person responsible for this terrible crime against two fine journalists,” he said during the station’s coverage of the shooting.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says the shooter appears to be a disgruntled former employee.

WDBJ shooting suspect Bryce Williams
WDBJ shooting suspect Bryce Williams

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 former employee said Flanagan was fired from the station, though the reason for the firing was not made public. A law enforcement source briefed on the search said it is believed that Flanagan is still in the Virginia area.

Flanagan posted a series of tweets to a Twitter account while being pursued.

In the tweets, he alleges several work-related issues with Parker and Ward and also includes a graphic video showing the shooting from his perspective.

His social media pages were suspended shortly after posting the graphic video.

Flanagan’s vehicle was located at the airport.

WDBJ confirmed the shooter killed himself in Fauquier County.

However, state police then said Flanagan was in critical condition.

He later died at the hospital.

This situation is currently ongoing and we will post updates as soon as they become available.

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