Former TV reporter suspected in shooting deaths of US journalists

Authorities of the US state of Virginia say they are looking for a former employee of WDBJ-TV over the killing of two journalists, reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, during a live interview on Wednesday.
Police suspect Vester Flanagan, a former employee of the TV station, was the gunman.

Ms. Parker and her colleague, Adam, who was due to be married to Melissa Ott, a morning show producer at WDBJ, were shot dead at Bridgewater Plaza outside Moneta, Virginia.

They were interviewing a woman, Vicki Gardner, the executive director, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, when the gunman shot about seven times at them at 6.45 a.m.

Ms. Gardner was shot in the back and was undergoing surgery.

Mr. Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, posted videos of the shooting on social media.
They also said he drives a 2009 grey mustang.

Mr. Flanagan said he filmed the shooting and posted same on Facebook.

He also said that Adam, the photographer, went “hr” on him after working with him at a time, and was hired after that. He said the reporter, Alison, made racist comments about the issue with Adam.

Mr. Flanagan’s page has since been suspended by twitter though his Facebook page remained active.
Authorities say he shot himself when he was accosted by Virginia state police. He remained still alive.


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