Virginia TV reporters killed in on-air shooting; think fatally shoots self | Reuters

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MONETA, Virginia A radio contributor and a cameraman were shot and killed during a live promote in Virginia on Wednesday in an conflict authorities pronounced was carried out by a former worker of a TV station.

The suspect, 41-year-old Vester Flanagan, shot and bleeding himself several hours after as military followed him on a Virginia highway. He died after during a hospital, military said.

Social media postings by a chairman who seemed to be Flanagan indicated a think had grievances opposite a station, CBS associate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, that let him go dual years ago.

The WDBJ7 reporters who were killed were contributor Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27. The lady being interviewed on a morning news module was wounded.

The on-air sharpened occurred during about 6:45 a.m. EDT (1045 GMT) during an talk during Bridgewater Plaza, a Smith Mountain Lake distraction site about 200 miles (320 km) southwest of Washington, D.C.

The promote was abruptly interrupted by a sound of gunshots as Parker and a lady being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive executive of a Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, screamed and ducked for cover.

Hours after a shooting, someone claiming to have filmed it posted video online that seemed to be from a shooter’s vantage point. The videos were posted to a Twitter comment and on Facebook by a masculine identifying himself as Bryce Williams, that was Flanagan’s on-air name.

The videos were private shortly afterward. One video clearly showed a handgun as a chairman filming approached a lady reporter.

The chairman purporting to be Williams also posted, “I filmed a sharpened see Facebook” as good as observant one of a victims had “made extremist comments.”

Flanagan had sued another hire where he worked in Florida, alleging he had been discriminated opposite since he was black.

Flanagan pronounced he was called a “monkey” by a writer in a lawsuit filed in sovereign justice opposite a Tallahassee station, WTWC, in 2000. He also pronounced a administrator during a hire called black people lazy. The Florida box was staid and discharged a subsequent year, justice annals show.

The victims in Wednesday’s sharpened were white.


ABC News reported on a website it perceived a 23-page fax from someone claiming to be Bryce Williams some time between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The network incited a fax over to authorities, it said, though giving sum on a contents.

Flanagan shot himself as Virginia State Police were shutting in on a let automobile on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, WDBJ7 said. Virginia state military pronounced a think refused to stop when speckled by troopers and sped away.

“Minutes later, a suspect’s car ran off a highway and crashed. The troopers approached a car and found a masculine motorist pang from a gunshot wound,” military pronounced in a statement.

He was taken to a circuitously hospital, military said, adding he was believed to be a think in a radio shootings. Police pronounced after he had died.

Asked on CNN if a hire had been targeted or had been threatened, WDBJ7 President and General Manager Jeff Marks said, “Every now and afterwards we get a crazy email or something and we’ll demeanour into it. Nothing of this inlet that any of us could recall.”

He pronounced a talk was to symbol a 50th anniversary of a first of Smith Mountain Lake.

The station’s promote showed Parker interviewing Gardner about a lake and tourism growth in a area. Gunshots erupted, and as Ward fell his camera strike a belligerent though kept running. An picture held on camera showed what seemed to be a masculine in dim wardrobe confronting a camera with a arms in his right hand.

The hire described a dual passed reporters as an desirous reporter-and-cameraman group who mostly constructed light and spacious underline stories for a morning program.

“I can't tell we how most they were loved,” Marks said.

They were both intent to be married to other people.

The White House pronounced a sharpened was another instance of gun assault that is “becoming all too common.” White House orator Josh Earnest told reporters that Congress could pass legislation that would have a “tangible impact on shortening gun assault in this country.”

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Keeping guns out of a hands of people who would use them to mistreat a family, friends and desired ones is not a domestic issue; it is a matter of ensuring that some-more people can come home safely during a finish of a day.”

According to his amicable media sites, Flanagan attended San Francisco State University. A university orator pronounced he graduated in 1995 with a grade in radio and television.

(Reporting by Emily Flitter, Laila Kearney and Barbara Goldberg in New York and Ian Simpson in Washington; Writing by Frances Kerry; Editing by Scott Malone and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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