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Old 08-26-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Two reporters shot live on the air

WTF America...

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Two television journalists were shot and killed in Virginia on Wednesday morning while conducting a live interview, and authorities said the suspect appeared to be a disgruntled current or former employee of the TV station.

Police pursued the suspect and in the late morning, an ABC local affiliate and CNN reported the suspected shooter had shot himself, but it was not known if he was dead or alive. The suspect was identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, according to a dispatcher for the Augusta County, Virginia, Sheriff's Department.

After the shooting of the journalists, someone claiming to have filmed it posted video online that appeared to be from shooter's vantage point.

The videos were posted to a Twitter account and on Facebook but were removed shortly afterward. One video clearly showed a handgun as the person filming approached the woman reporter.

The shooting occurred at about 6:45 a.m. EDT during an interview being broadcast live from Bridgewater Plaza, a Smith Mountain Lake recreation site with restaurants, shops, boating and arcades and holiday rentals.

The area is in the south-central part of the state, about 120 miles (190 km) from the capital of Richmond.

The journalists were filming an interview for the morning news show of CBS affiliate WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. In the broadcast, shots were heard and the reporter and the person being interviewed screamed and ducked for cover.

The reporter Alison Parker, 24, and the cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, died in the incident, WDBJ7 said. The woman being interviewed was wounded.

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said in interview on Washington radio station WTOP that the suspected shooter had been identified as a disgruntled current or former station employee.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has taken the lead on apprehending the suspect, with help from state police and others, McAuliffe told WTOP.

"Heartbroken over senseless murders today in Smith Mountain Lake," McAuliffe said on Twitter.

Asked on CNN if the station had been targeted or had been threatened, WDBJ7 President and General Manager Jeff Marks said, "Every now and then you get a crazy email or something and we'll look into it. Nothing of this nature than any of us could recall."

He said the interview was to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Smith Mountain Lake, and the woman being interviewed was from the local chamber of commerce. She had been talking about the anniversary and tourism.

"We don't make a secret of where we report from, we may start now," Marks said.

There was no word yet from the hospital on the condition of the woman, identified as Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The station's broadcast showed Parker interviewing Gardner about the lake and tourism development in the area. Gunshots erupted, and as Ward fell his camera hit the ground but kept running. An image caught on camera showed what appeared to be a man in dark clothing facing the camera with a weapon in his right hand.

The station said on its website that both the dead journalists were from the region.

Parker grew up in Martinsville and attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University, while Ward graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech, the station said.

They were both engaged to be married to other people.
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The video is super fucking scary. He's standing within 5-6 feet of them with a gun drawn and fires.

...while dual wielding a phone.
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Heard this on the way into work this morning. Had to do a double take. Just terrible and tragic. Seems close to home as it could have been anyone. All it takes is someone to be pissed off enough and access to a weapon. A deadly combo that seems almost unpreventable or unpredictable.

Is there a video of it somewhere or has that been taken down?
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^ omg that is brutal to watch.
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Holy shit apparently he's still alive. Reports earlier were that he shot himself and died.

They were so young...reporter was 24, cameraman 27, both engaged to people that worked at the network.
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Heard this on the way into work this morning. Had to do a double take. Just terrible and tragic. Seems close to home as it could have been anyone. All it takes is someone to be pissed off enough and access to a weapon. A deadly combo that seems almost unpreventable or unpredictable.

Is there a video of it somewhere or has that been taken down?
the video was still working when i posted this but who knows how long it will be up because it's being updated/changed as the situation progresses...


Suspected Gunman Reportedly Shoots Himself After Killing Virginia Reporter, Photographer on Live TV | KTLA
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fucking scumbag. ooh the anger in me...coward...just a coward...

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Wtf how did his point of view end up online?

That's fucked, weird they didn't see him when he originally drew the gun on them
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apparently the shooter shot himself after

Gunman shoots self after Virginia journalists shot - CNN.com
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Wtf how did his point of view end up online?

That's fucked, weird they didn't see him when he originally drew the gun on them
He fucking filmed it. Phone in the left, gun in the right.

Then posted to Facebook.
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now im just waiting for my facebook news feed to pop up with memes "if the reporter was carrying a concealed weapon this wouldnt have happened..........guns dont kill people, people kill people"


RIP this is so sad and disgusting
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Shooter was an ex-employee of WDBJ7 aswell.
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The guy waited for the cameraman to film the girl too before he decided to start shooting.

R.I.P., so young those two.
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Gunman suspected of killing Virginia journalists in critical condition after shooting himself: report

So he was basically a crazy stalkerish disgruntled employee
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^America's the widest spectrum on the planet, a TON of idiots mixed with a TON of the most intellectual/educated people in the world.... the only problem is the idiots run the show most of the time

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He fucking filmed it. Phone in the left, gun in the right.

Then posted to Facebook.
Let that sink in...

They used to make movies about murder videos existing (Menace II Society comes to mind). Now there it is, everyone watching from the murderer's perspective no less, within hours on facebook...
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the journalist's boyfriend was the anchor and the cameraman's fiancee was the producer or something else in the control room. Guy waited for the camera to go live so they could see it. Definitely a revenge thing
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Will be interesting to see if he survives his suicide attempt since VA still uses the chair.
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Some nightcrawler stuff right there..

Tough to watch. Honestly, it was only a matter of time before we saw something like this. The digital age....

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Will be interesting to see if he survives his suicide attempt since VA still uses the chair.

I thought it was confirmed, he died at the hospital. Too bad.
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The shooter has died.

Lol.. honestly, enough of this shit.... shooting after shooting after shooting. Apology after apology, statements from POTUS and others about action being taken yet we see the same bullshit time and time again. When does it stop?

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