Reporters shot to death on live television: shooter identified

entertainment | Aug 26, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

UPDATE: Authorities now confirm that the suspect is dead.
 
A television reporter in Virginia and an accompanying cameraman were shot to death on the morning of August 26. Reporter Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) were on location for WDBJ-TV at a shopping center in Roanoke, Franklin County, at approximately 6:45 AM when gunfire suddenly erupted. When the video records the moment Ward drops his camera, it then captures the image of the alleged shooter approaching Parker and her female interviewee with a gun. See Spero update here.
 
After their deaths were confirmed, WDBJ 7 spent the the morning covering developments while also paying tribute to their dead colleagues.
 
WDBJ evening news anchor Chris Hurst, in several entries on Twitter, said that he and Parker were planning to wed. In addition, according to WDBJ President Jeffrey Marks, murdered cameraman Adam Ward‘s fiancee also worked for the news station as a producer, and watched the killing. 
 
PLEASE HELP identify the suspect. Any tips or leads, call Bedford County Police Department at (540) 587-6011. Or the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
 
Above is a screen capture showing the presumed gunman at the Bridgewater Mall, Smith Lake, Roanoke VA.
 
UPDATE: According to the Virginia state police, the man suspected of killing Parker and War is believed to have killed himself in nearby Fauquier County.  The suspect has been identified as Vester Lee Flanigan, AKA Bryce Williams. According to WDBJ, he was a former employee of the station. Any person having tips to assist police are asked to call 911 or the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 540-483-3000.
 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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