Two journalists for a local television station in the US state of Virginia have been shot dead during a live broadcast, by a disgruntled former employee who later shot himself and died in hospital.
WDBJ7 journalist Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot at close range while conducting an on-air interview.
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said the gunman was a disgruntled former employee of the television station.
He was identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, according to a dispatcher for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department. Stills pulled from Ward’s camera helped identify him.
Parker was talking to Vicki Gardner, head of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, on a balcony at the lakeside Bridgewater Resort in the town of Moneta near Roanoke when the attack occurred.
The pair were talking about tourism development for WDBJ’s early-morning newscast when the gunman seemingly closed in from behind.
Several shots were heard, as well as screams, as Ward’s camera fell to the floor, capturing a fuzzy and chilling glimpse of the gunman, dressed in dark clothing.
The station then cut away to a startled anchorwoman back in the studio.
Gardner was “seriously injured,” said one of the US senators from Virginia, Tim Kaine