Posted: 27 August, 2015
Journalist And Cameraman Gunned Down - Shooter Turns Weapon On Himself
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Two people have been shot dead, simply doing their job in a chilling attack caught on Live TV.
24 year old reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old cameraman Adam Ward were fatally shot at close range, while conducting an on-air interview for WDBJ a local TV station in Virginia.
The suspect - apparently a disgruntled former station employee, 41 year old Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams - was taken into police custody with "life-threatening injuries" after apparently shooting himself. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.
Several shots were heard, as well as screams, as Ward's camera fell to the floor, capturing a fuzzy and chilling glimpse of the gunman, dressed in dark clothing.
The station then cut away to a startled anchorwoman back in the studio.
Later, a video posted under the Twitter account bryce_williams7, shows the shooter brandishing a weapon at Parker, who is interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.
The pair were talking about tourism development for WDBJ's early-morning newscast when the gunman seemingly closed in from behind. Vicki was shot in the back and has undergone surgery.
He had claimed on Twitter that he was the victim of workplace harassment, accusing Parker of being “racist”.
But WDBJ7 General Manager Jeff Marks said Flanagan was let go in part due to anger issues.
"He did make some accusations against people some time ago, you could never imagine that someone is going to come back and act on those issues.” he said.
Both Parker and Ward were in relationships with other employees at the station. Ward's fiance worked in the control room and watched the horror unfold live.
WBDJ Senior Vice President Mardi Burdic: