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Video: Reporter, Cameraman Killed During Live Virginia News Broadcast, Suspect Shot Himself

August 26, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Reporter, Cameraman Killed During Live Virginia News Broadcast, Suspect Shot Himself

UPDATE: The man suspected of shooting and killing two WDBJ news station employees on live television has now died of his self-incflicted gunshot wounds, reports CNN.


A suspect in the deadly shooting of a television reporter and cameraman during a live report Wednesday morning shot himself, CBS Roanoke affiliate WDBJ-TV reports, citing the Virginia State Police.

The station previously reported, citing the state police, that the suspect died of his wounds. The suspect's condition is critical, reports CBS and the Associated Press.

Authorities described the gunman as a disgruntled station employee. A second video of the shooting, apparently recorded by the killer, was posted on social media even as police tried to locate the suspect.

The suspect is Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, of Roanoke, said Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. The station said Flanagan appeared on air as Bryce Williams.


A gunman killed a reporter and cameraman while they were doing a live news report in Franklin County, Va., Wednesday morning.

CBS News confirms that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and videographer Adam Ward, 27, were killed. The incident took place at Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County. Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, when gunshots begin to ring out.

Parker and Gardner are seen running away while the camera appears to be dropped.

Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward (Photo: WDBJ7)
Reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward (Photo: WDBJ7)

Governor Terry McAuliffe told WTOP on the monthly “Ask the Governor” segment Wednesday that the shooter may have been a disgruntled employee. Law enforcement has identified the suspect and are in pursuit, McAuliffe says.

The Roanoke Times reports that Gardner was shot in the back and is in surgery.

Comments (3)

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Rick @ 8/26/2015 8:06 AM

National Reciprocity for CCW will help curb acts of violence because citizens will be able to defend themselves or their fellow citizens long before LEO's arrive.

Leonard Mather @ 8/26/2015 1:01 PM

Vester Lee Flanagan !! had a history of anger poorly managed, seeming to be looking to take offense, quick to claim discrimination and he has a history of being "let go" from jobs. He admits being Gay. Being a Black Gay is a double whammy. His posting of the shooting on social media is pathological. Dr. Drew's comment regarding the pathology is nullified by reason of de-institutionalization laws. Involuntary commitment is ancient history. Speaking as a Forensic Psychologist, his behaviors were paranoid. He lived at the edge of the envelope and until recently was of no harm to himself or others. Now that contrary evidence exists, he qualifies for involuntary commitment. Unfortunately, three of the four principals are now deceased.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/26/2015 2:06 PM

A very tragic situation. Two employees of a TV station gunned down in cold blood while trying to do their jobs and a citizen being interviewed shot in the back. The gunman shot himself when police closed in on him. After the investigation is completed this should be the end of this except for the families. They have to live on wondering truly why he did it. Hopefully the Justice Dept. doesn't try to go after any of the former employers for civil rights violations. But I guess they will do what their boss in the white house tells them to.

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