Two of the news crew members of WDBJ7-TV were shot dead Wednesday morning in Virginia, US, during a live TV broadcast from a shopping centre.
A manhunt was underway and the suspect, earlier believed to be disgruntled current or former employee of the station, has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan II. He use to report as Bryce Williams. After a police pursuit he shot himself too and now is being treated in hospital.
After the incidence he posted footage onto Facebook and shared couple of tweets on Twitter that read Alison was racist towards him earlier. However, his Twitter account is now under suspension mode.
The 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were filming a interviewing a lady from chamber of commerce at about 6:45 a.m. EDT in Bedford County, 120 miles from capital Richmond, in the south-central part of the state. The two were making a feature segment for morning news program to mark 50th anniversary of the founding of Smith Mountain Lake.
The lady who was interviewed was injured in the incidence and she was undergoing a surgery. She was shot from back. In the interview she was talking about tourism and the anniversary as well. She ducked for cover during the shooting.
WDBJ7 website writes the two journalists were from the region. The cameraman graduated from Salem High School and Virginia Tech while the reporter attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University.