WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday morning.
The two members of the local news station were filming an interview at Bridgewater Plaza outside Roanoke, Virginia when multiple shots were fired. In the video of the attack, Parker is heard screaming and the recording appears to include a look at the shooter aiming his gun at the cameraman. According to WDBJ7, Ward and Parker died shortly after the shooting took place at approximately 6:45 a.m. The woman whom Parker was interviewing at the time of the attack, Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and is in surgery. Ward was 27 years old and Parker had just celebrated her 24th birthday.
CNN reports that police have identified WDBJ reporter Vester Flanagan as the suspected shooter. When authorities confronted Flanagan on Interstate 66, Flanagan shot himself, but survived, WDBJ7 confirmed. Flanagan later died at a hospital.
Flanagan worked at the station for approximately a year using the on-air name Bryce Williams before he was fired. A Twitter account under the name Bryce Williams posted two videos of the shooting. The account has since been suspended. Prior to the shooting, ABC News received a 23-page manifesto from a person under the name of Bryce Williams that has been turned over to the authorities.
Ward was engaged to his producer, who watched the events unfold live while working at the station this morning. Parker was dating and living with co-anchor Chris Hurst.
“We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married,” Hurst tweeted. “She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother. I am comforted by everyone at @WDBJ7. We are family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancée.”