Va. reporter, photographer killed during live news interview

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UPDATE – Franklin Co. Sheriff Bill Overton confirms the shooting suspect died at 1:30pm. at Fairfax Inova Hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Vicki Gardner, the WDBJ interviewee who was wounded in Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia, still is in stable condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, hospital spokesman Chris Turnbull told reporters. The president of the chamber of commerce for which Garner works said that her relatives and friends were with her at the hospital.

UPDATE – The suspect in Wednesday’s killings of two WDBJ journalists is being treated for life-threatening injuries after being found with a gunshot wound in his car following a chase, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. She gave the following account: “Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66. With emergency lights activated the Virginia State Police 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.”

UPDATE – The suspect Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, (reported under the name Bryce Williams) in today’s killings of two WDBJ journalists shot himself after authorities confronted him in I-66 in Virginia, officials told CNN’s Pamela Brown.

UPDATE –  Two videos posted on a Twitter account under the name Bryce Williams (aka Vester Flanagan) showed someone walking up to the WDBJ news crew and pointing a gun at them. One of the videos shows the gun firing.

Bryce Williams tweets

Another tweet says, “I filmed the shooting.” The same two videos — playing together in one post — appear on a Facebook page under the same name. Minutes after these videos appeared, the Twitter account was inaccessible; a message on the page said the account was suspended.

UPDATE – Authorities believe the gunman who killed two WDBJ journalists may be a disgruntled WDBJ employee, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday in a live interview with WTOP radio. The governor said police are pursuing the suspect, and that they hope to have him in custody soon. McAuliffe said authorities know who the suspect is.

 

A screenshot of the suspect (WDBJ)

MONETA, Va. – A reporter and 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.

Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, died as a result of the shooting, WDBJ confirmed on Wednesday.

During a live interview at Bridgewater Plaza around 6:45 a.m., approximately eight gunshots are heard 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.

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

Adam graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech. Alison grew up in Martinsville and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University.

No other information is available at this time.