TV reporter, cameraman killed during broadcast in Virginia, suspect posts shooting video on Twitter, Facebook
Two employees of WDBJ7 TV were killed this morning during a live broadcast. The reporter, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were broadcasting a live interview at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, when shots could be heard.
The broadcast quickly cut to the studio where a visibly shaken host said on air “OK, not sure what happened there. We will of course let you know as soon as we find out what those sounds were.”
Police later identified the shooter as Vester Lee Flanagan, who used the name Bryce Williams in his work as a TV reporter. Flanagan had worked at the station, but had been let go. He later filed a lawsuit claiming discrimination, but a judge dismissed the case.
The suspect in the shooting created a Twitter account and posted a video of the shooting, also posting the video to Facebook. Twitter responded quickly and took down the account. Later, after a series of tweets, reports from police say Flanagan shot himself, and was taken to the hospital where he is said to be in grave condition.
Friends and colleagues posted pictures and remembrances of the two journalists, including Shawn Reynolds who posted this picture of Parker and Adams (and also tweeted “Can we collectively agree to unfollow any news outlet that uses the shooting video for clicks?”).
How Alison Parker & Adam Ward should be remembered instead of the horrific video [via New York Daily News] pic.twitter.com/KoNjJOqr7k
— Shawn Reynolds (@ShawnRTV6) August 26, 2015
(This story has been updated twice during the day.)