Two Virginia journalists killed by gunman on air

Two Virginia area journalists were fatally shot Wednesday morning, after a gunman opened fire on a live broadcast. The incident lead to a manhunt, which ended with the suspect shooting himself.

The gunman was former WDBJ7 employee, Vester Flanagan, known during his time on the station as Bryce Williams. Flanagan was recently fired from his position at the station for unknown reasons. According to USA Today, Flanagan took video of his rampage and uploaded it directly to his Facebook page.

The shooting took the lives of reporter Allison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Also injured was Vicky Gardner, a public official Parker and Ward were interviewing live for the station.  Gardner was rushed to Carillon Roanoke Memorial Hospital for emergency surgery, after being shot, and is currently in stable condition. The shooting occurred at Smith Mountain Lake, a resort, around 6:45 AM.

After the shooting, Flanagan began tweeting about the incident, stating that Parker had previously made racially insensitive remarks about him, which prompted him to file a Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report. He also stated that Parker had filed a human resources complaint about him after working with him only one time. The tweets were followed by a video of the incident.

In a statement, Virginia State Police said the car sped away from police on I65. The chase ended when Flanagan crashed his vehicle and shot himself. Flanagan is now hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.





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