UPDATE 3: Following this morning’s tragic events, it’s now confirmed that the shooter, disgruntled former WDBJ employee Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams has shot and killed himself.
CNN BREAKING: Vester Flanagan (“Bryce Williams”) was confronted by law enforcement on I-66, then he shot himself. #WDBJshooting
— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) August 26, 2015
UPDATE 2: Early this morning 24 year old reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old cameraman Adam Ward were shot during a live TV report outside Moneta, Virginia.The shooter is now confirmed to be disgruntled former WDBJ employee Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams (on-air name). He live tweeted video of his shooting spree seen below and claims it was due to Allison’s racist comments. WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. Additionally, it appears the shooter has sent the media a possible manifesto.
JUST IN: @ABC received a fax from someone who says he is Bryce Williams. It is a lengthy document. We have turned it over to authorities.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) August 26, 2015
UPDATE: Authorities are now saying the suspect is driving a cream colored Dodge Charger and it appears he may be a disgruntled WDBJ employee.
Suspect in today’s killing of WDBJ journalists may be a disgruntled WDBJ employee, Virginia governor says. http://t.co/nmMlOGmT8V
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 26, 2015
Early this morning, the unthinkable happened. 24 year old reporter Alison Parker and 27 year old cameraman Adam Ward died today during a live TV report at the opening of a water park outside Moneta, Virginia.
The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and is in the hospital.
This tragic and senseless attack was captured on video, which you can see below. We must warn you, that while you can’t see anything graphic, the screams and content are hard to stomach. Additionally, as the cameras kept rolling a still shot of the shooter was captured. That photo is also below.
If you have any information on this event, we all urge you to call the authorities.
Photo of the shooter’s face:
Why was this man driven to such unspeakable violence? Will he soon be caught? Let us know in the below comments.