Reporter & Cameraman Gunned Down on Live TV

Reporter & Cameraman Gunned Down on Live TV


VIRGINIA — (Scroll down for video) — Two people are dead after a former disgruntled employee opened fired on three people during a live television broadcast on WDBJ Wednesday morning.

Part of the incident was caught on video during the morning broadcast.

WDBJ7 TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were killed during an interview in Moneta, Bedford County, the TV station said.

We are awaiting a live press conference. Watch below:

The gunman, 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, also apparently recorded the shooting himself with a ‘Go-Pro’ camera and posted the footage to social media.




Facebook and Twitter suspended the accounts shortly after the uploads.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66. With emergency lights activated the trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away from the trooper.

Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

The woman who was being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, is in stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.

ABC News says it received a 23 page document via fax machine yesterday from someone named Bryce Williams. Those documents have been turned over to the FBI.

The gunman worked at WDBJ, which he joined in 2012, according to an industry website. He worked previously for other television stations in North Carolina, Florida and Georgia.

He left in 2013 according to his own LinkedIn account, which also listed several positions in customer service and a undergraduate degree in broadcast media from San Francisco State University.

Flanagan filed a lawsuit against WDBJ, alleging discrimination by the whole station, naming most of the staff of his complaint.

The case was dismissed by a judge in July 2014.

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