Virginia Reporter, Cameraman Shot, Killed On Live TV (Video)

| by Michael Allen

WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot and killed this morning while doing a live interview with Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, near Moneta, Virginia (videos below).

Gardner was shot in the back and is undergoing surgery. She is reportedly recovering.

Vester Flanagan, who went by the name of Bryce Williams when he worked as a reporter for WDBJ, allegedly filmed himself walking up to Parker and Ward during their report and fired a handgun several times. Parker is seen running away and screaming.

On the station's live broadcast, the station cut back to anchor Kimberly McBroom, who was visibly stunned.

Flanagan allegedly placed videos of the shooting on Twitter under his Williams account.

WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks told CNN: "Two years ago, we had to separate [Flanagan] from the company. We did understand that he was still living in the area.

" ... I don't know whether I want [Flanagan] to live or die."

CNN reported that Flanagan was later stopped by law enforcement on Interstate 66 where he fatally shot himself, but WDBJ notes that Flanagan did shoot himself, but is still alive.

A 23-page manifesto was faxed to ABC News under Flanagan's Williams alias. ABC News said it turned the documents over to authorities.

WDBJ reporter Chris Hurst, who was dating Parker, tweeted today:

"We didn't share this publicly, but @AParkerWDBJ7 and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb.

"She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.

"I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee."


Broadcast On Live TV

Filmed By Alleged Killer

Sources: CNN, Twitter (2) (3), WDBJ, ABC News / Photo Credit: Twitter/YouTube Screenshot