Virginia TV reporter and photographer killed during live interview

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UPDATE: Vester Lee Flanagan, the man accused of shooting two former coworkers during a live interview Wednesday morning has shot himself, WHSV reports.

A screenshot of the suspect (WDBJ)

MONETA, Va. – A 24-year-old reporter and 27-year-old photographer from a local news station in Roanoke were shot and killed during a live news interview on Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred at Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia. WDBJ confirmed the deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward on Wednesday.

During a live interview at Bridgewater Plaza, approximately eight gunshots are heard as a Parker is seen interviewing someone on-screen. The camera then drops to the ground and the broadcast cuts back to the anchor desk.

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

Governor Terry McAuliffe told WTOP the suspect has been identified and is believed to be a disgruntled employee of the TV station.

WDBJ shooting suspect Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams
WDBJ shooting suspect Bryce Williams

WHSV reports that he has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan. He is reportedly a former reporter at WDBJ that went by the name Bryce Williams.

Flanagan appears to have posted a series of tweets alleging several work-related issues with Parker and Ward and also includes a graphic video showing the shooting from his perspective.

Authorities from Bedford County, Franklin County and Virginia State Police have responded.

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


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