A reporter and cameraman were shot during a live taping for WDBJ-TV in Moneta, Virginia. Allison Parker, the reporter seen in the clip, and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza at SML.
Update: Bryce Williams aka Vester Flanagan, the murderer, filmed it all on his own social media accounts. If you have the stomach, you can watch those NSFW clips below.
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The news team from WDBJ-TV was interviewing a woman at the Bridgewater Plaza when a man, whose figure can be seen towards the end of the video, approached and began shooting. The video shows a reporter screaming and running away before the camera falls to the ground.
Once the camera is on the ground, viewers can see what appears to be the gunman approaching the news crew and the woman they were interviewing, while continued fire is heard in the background. The live broadcast was then cut back to the station, showing the shocked reaction of a confused newsroom anchor.
WDBJ said on Facebook, “Law enforcement is on scene at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. The incident involves a WDBJ7 crew. We don’t have any additional details.”
The shooter is not currently in custody, and local schools in the area have been locked down while police actively search for the suspect.
Update–10:15 AM: VA Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that police are chasing the suspect on I-81 who has been identified, and is known to have been a disgruntled employee of WDBJ-TV.
Update:–10:57 AM: Police are looking for a light skinned black male 6’3″ 250lbs in a 2014 Silver Mustang headed north on I-81. The name has not been announced yet, but we know he born in 1973.
Update–11:00 AM: Suspect is at the Roanoke Airport.
Update–11:03 AM: The shooter has been ID’d as Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams.
Update–11:45 AM: Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams has shot and
killed himself is in critical condition.
Update–11:55 AM: The shooter allegedly sent a 23 page fax to ABC News between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of Allison Parker, Adam Ward, Vicki Gardner, and WDBJ7. Rest In Peace.