Updating: A Local News Reporter and Cameraman Were Shot and Killed During Live Broadcast This Morning
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The shooter has reportedly shot himself.
Update: The alleged shooter, Vester Flanagan — known as “Bryce Williams” on the air — is currently tweeting about the shooting, including showing footage he shot from his angle with a GoPro camera. It’s difficult to make sense of, but I wouldn’t advise seeking out his Twitter account, because the videos autoplay … the account has now been suspended.
Williams is reportedly on the run in a Ford Mustang.
This is some Black Mirror horror show.
Twenty-four year old Alison Parker, a WDBJ reporter out of Roanoke, Virginia, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot and killed this morning when an as-yet-unidentified man strode into the shot and fired six shots during a broadcast. The live report took place in a shopping center in Moneta, Virginia.
You can watch the chilling footage on YouTube, because that’s the kind of messed up society we live in now, but I wouldn’t. It’s upsetting. Ward, the cameraman, falls to the ground, while Parker is seen screaming before it goes back to the station, where the anchor looks horrified. Trust me when I say that you shouldn’t watch.
Add to the misery of the situation the fact that the reporter who was killed was engaged to the producer of the show, and today was her last day on the job.
There were reports of three injured, presumably including the two who were killed (and possibly the woman being interviewed). The schools are on lockdown. Police are on the scene investigating, but as of now, there are no suggestions that the shooter has been apprehended.
The shooter appears to be a disgruntled former employee of the station.
BREAKING: Virginia governor to @WTOP: "We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew; not a case of terrorism."— Micah Grimes (@MicahGrimes) August 26, 2015
Police are now pursuing the suspect, and an arrest is “imminent.”
Also, the third victim was the woman being interviewed. Her name is Vicki Gardner, a member of thee Chamber of Commerce. She is currently in surgery.